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No timetable announced for return of Portland forward. ESPN report indicates he's out for the rest of this season.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little writhes in pain on the court Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Moda Center after injurying his shoulder while fighting for a rebound with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns.The hits keep coming for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Thursday's news is that Nassir Little suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter of Portland's game against Minnesota on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The Blazers announced Jan. 27 the results of an MRI. The Blazers did not indicate specific treatment plans, or how long Little will be sidelined. But ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the injury likely is season-ending.

In 42 games this season (23 starts), the third-year small forward is averaging 9.8 points (46.0% FG, 33.1% 3-PT, 73.4% FT), 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.86 blocks and 25.9 minutes.

In eight January games, Little was averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. He shot 40.3% from 3-point range this month.

Little's improved play has been a bright sport of this disjointed season for the Trail Blazers, who play Friday at Houston.

At 20-28, Portland is 10th in the Western Conference, which would be the last spot in the four-team playoff play-in tournament adopted last season. The Blazers are 1.5 games ahead of 11th-place New Orleans.

Little was injured when battling Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns for a rebound. Little was clearly in pain, but said after the Tuesday game that the pain had subsided.

The Little news is just the latest in a string of injuries that have spoiled Portland's season.

In addition to Little, forward Robert Covington suffered a Grade 1 MCL strain against Minnesota. He missed Wednesday's game against Dallas and is listed as questionable for Friday's game at Houston. Also listed as questionable is guard Dennis Smith Jr. (right ankle sprain, right knee IT band friction syndrome).

Others listed as out for Friday's game are forward Larry Nance Jr. (right knee inflammation)and reserve center Cody Zeller (right knee surgery).

Blazers' guard Damian Lillard is out indefinitely recovering from abdominal surgery.

CJ McCollum and Norman Powell each recently returned to what has become a consistently changing lineup.


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