Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic (Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers)

Portland Trail Blazers starting forward Al-Farouq Aminu will be sidelined with an ankle sprain. The Blazers starting forward suffered the injury during the Blazers loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. He rolled his ankle battling for a rebound and limped to the bench on the next defensive possession with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss.

Following comes from Jason Quick of NBCS Northwest.

Great win and thank you to everyone that has been wishing me well. #farouqisonfire??? #str8 #rip

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Aminu is not one to often be sidelined by injuries throughout his NBA career. He started all 82 games in 2015-16 and had not missed more than eight games in a season prior to 2016-17. Last season, Aminu missed almost a month in November due to a calf injury and he also missed a few games in December due to a back issue.

Aminu’s injury will presumably hamper the Blazers defense and three-point shooting as the team heads into Thanksgiving. Playing alongside Jusuf Nurkic and Moe Harkless, Aminu has been pretty important for the Blazers roster. In eight games this season he is averaging 9.4 points, shooting 43% from three and also grabbing a career-high 8.1 rebounds per game as the starting power forward.

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