Having an entirely healthy backcourt has been a rarity this season for the Portland Trail Blazers. Shaedon Sharpe has been the most consistent presence in Chauncey Billups' guard rotation, but it looks like Rip City's head coach will have to navigate his team's next few games without the 20-year-old.
Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe will miss at least the next two weeks
As if losing by 62 points wasn't enough, Sharpe left Portland's 139-77 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 11 early.
After sitting out the Blazers' following two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, an MRI revealed a lower abdominal strain that will keep Sharpe out for at least the next two weeks.
The 6-foot-5 wing missed five consecutive games at the end of December with an adductor injury. He returned on New Year's Day and came off the bench for a six-game stretch in which rookie point guard Scoot Henderson took his place in the starting lineup alongside Anfernee Simons.
With Simons missing the first six weeks of the season after suffering a thumb injury on opening night, Billups leaned on Sharpe for a significant portion of the Blazers' scoring and shot creation. During that period, Shaedon played almost 38 minutes per night and was on the floor for more than 40 minutes seven times.
Hopefully, an extended break will allow Sharpe to get back to full health and play like he was earlier in the season when he looked a candidate for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.