Portland Trail Blazers power forward, Thomas Robinson, left this afternoon’s game against the Atlanta Hawks after bracing a fall late in the third quarter. Robinson injured his thumb in the incident, and although initial reports indicated that x-rays were negative, league sources have informed Chris Haynes of CSNNW that Robinson will miss the remainder of Las Vegas Summer League in order to recover from the injury.
Robinson averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in Summer League this year. His absence from the upcoming Summer League tournament opens the door for Joel Freeland to exhibit his usefulness. Freeland has been a steady presence over the past three games, averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in limited minutes. Craig Brackins will likely see an upswing in minutes at backup.
There has been no word regarding the severity of Robinson’s injury, but one could surmise that it is unlikely to be serious, given the vague nature of the details. Robinson will watch from the sidelines for the rest of July, but I cannot speak beyond that. Unless this injury turns out to require surgery (knock on wood), it should not cut into the regular season that begins more than three months from now.
Still, this is a disappointing blow. Robinson had been displaying a high-level of growth this past week. I’ve long been high on his skills as an interior passer, but his freshly accepted role as a defensive forward was becoming apparent as well. At the time Robinson left the game, he had 5 assists and 5 steals to his name (along with 8 points and 7 rebounds). The Trail Blazers will miss his all around production as they push through the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.