Blazers likely to be without Ed Davis for at least two weeks

There are just six games left in the Blazers’ season, and they’re probably going to have to play those games without Ed Davis.

With about two-and-a-half minutes left to go in the third quarter of the Blazers’ Friday night tilt against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center, Ed Davis landed awkwardly on his right ankle and immediately fell to the floor.

It’s the kind of unfortunate injury that afflicts just about everyone who’s ever played the game of basketball. The only questions were: How serious was it? And how long will Davis be sidelined?

Well, we got some answers to those questions Saturday.

As reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Joe Freeman, Davis underwent an MRI Friday “confirming the original diagnosis” of a sprained ankle. The Blazers say Davis will be reevaluated one to two weeks from now.

The Blazers Need Davis

Although his season stats may appear pedestrian to the naked eye, Rip City knows that Davis is worth much more than his 5.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He’s a steady force inside, mucking up the paint, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.

Maurice Harkless is already out, recovering from a procedure on his knee. Now without Davis, Portland will be missing another vital member of the team.

Furthermore, Davis is a mentor to younger players, such as Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic. In fact, the “Zach and Ed” show has become one of the best parts of this Blazers team.

The two typically come off the bench together and inject the Blazers with solid defense and, in Collins’ case, a healthy dose of offense, too.

(And Davis is no offensive slouch; he’s shooting an outstanding 58.5 percent from the field this season.)

Blazers Remaining Schedule

Hopefully both Davis and Harkless will be back by the time the playoffs start. But the Blazers still have some difficult games to play in the regular season. Starting Sunday, the Blazers play Memphis, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Denver and Utah.

Let’s hope Ed and Moe are back sooner rather than later.

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