Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained right ankle, suffered Wednesday Night against the Jazz, the club has confirmed. Aminu had been off to a pretty nice start to the season, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in the first eight games of the season. He had also been shooting a career-high 43% on threes in that small sample size, which had been a very welcome sign to the Blazers because Aminu has really struggled in the past on outside shooting but him shooting better this year had helped open up the offense.
Where Aminu will really be missed for these few weeks is on the defensive end of the floor. The teams defense is significantly better when Aminu is on the floor because of his length, athleticism and versatility. Noah Vonleh will take over that starting role while Aminu is out and Vonleh might have eventually become the starting four because that was his role late last season and he was just coming back from an injury.