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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Trail Blazers Injury Update: Thomas Robinson likely will need thumb surgery

By on 7/19/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a season in which they lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs. After a fine season, the Trail Blazers look for several young players to improve in the Summer League to make an impact in the 2014-2015 season. One such player is power forward Thomas Robinson, who averaged 12.5 minutes in 70 games last season. Although Robinson has shown marked improvement this summer, he'll need to be shut down due to a thumb injury. 

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As reported by Kurt Helin of, Robinson has played well in the Summer League, averaging 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. But the progression of the Blazers' 23-year old power forward will have to wait due to a thumb injury he sustained on Tuesday in a game against the Hawks.

It looks like Robinson will need surgery on his thumb, according to Chris Haynes of
"Thomas Robinson of the Portland Trail Blazers will seek a second opinion on his right thumb, which has a ligament tear. Surgery is the likely scenario, we’re told, though a final decision has yet to be made. If a surgical procedure is the path, he is expected to undergo surgery sometime next week, we’re told. It would be a simple procedure and a timetable of approximately six weeks is the recovery time for similar operations."
Robinson should be back in time for training camp, barring any setbacks.  He should compete for more playing time this season, backing up LaMarcus Aldridge.

Robinson, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings fifth overall in the 2012 NBA draft,  has played for the Rockets, Kings and Trail Blazers.  He averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season.

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