Trail Blazers Zach Collins needs season-ending ankle surgery – ESPN

The Portland Trail Blazers are down yet one more starter, losing power forward Zach Collins to season-ending surgery on his left ankle, the team announced Friday.

Collins has a hairline medial malleolus stress fracture, according to the team, and a date for surgery has yet to be determined.

Collins had averaged seven points and 6.3 rebounds in 11 games this season.

He had missed most of the 2019-20 season after having left shoulder surgery, but he returned for the NBA’s restart in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and helped the Blazers reach the Western Conference playoffs with a play-in victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Collins leaves the Blazers — who are tied 1-1 in an opening-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers — more vulnerable on the front line against L.A.’s size and skill.

Portland lost forward Rodney Hood to a season-ending Achilles injury and forward Trevor Ariza to a restart opt-out for family considerations, and has been without first-round pick Nassir Little in the playoffs.

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