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NOAH VONLEH (PF)
  • Jul 21 2016, 13:18 PM

    Update: Vonleh totaled 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    Analysis: Vonleh opted to jump ship to the NBA after one season at Indiana which, in retrospect, may not have been the best decision for his growth as a player. In two professional seasons, Vonleh has posted 3.6 points and 3.8 boards per game. However, it seems as though the former lottery pick may finally be projecting into the player scouts once thought he would become. Vonleh led Portland in the rebounding column and proved to be one of the team's most reliable offensive options this summer. Despite the emergence of Mason Plumlee, the Trail Blazers still haven't completely filled the void left from LaMarcus Aldridge's departure last season. In a perfect world, Vonleh would step up and surface as a solid contributor. However, whether or not the 20-year-old has the ability to cement his presence in the rotation remains to be seen.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 02 2016, 10:04 AM

    Update: Vonleh grabbed a rebound in one minute of court time in Sunday's 118-106 Game 1 loss to the Warriors.

    Analysis: After serving in a starting role for much of the season, Vonleh was displaced by Maurice Harkless at power forward in late March and has since seen his role in the Blazers' rotation evaporate almost entirely. Vonleh has appeared in five of the Blazers' seven games so far this postseason, logging no more than seven minutes on any occasion.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 14 2016, 11:16 AM

    Update: Vonleh secured six points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three blocks, one steal, and one assist in 25 minutes during Wednesday's win against the Nuggets.

    Analysis: Since he was replaced in the starting five by Maurice Harkless on March 23, Vonleh has earned double-digit minutes just four times in 11 games. With the Blazers' playoff fate determined before Wednesday's opening tip, coach Terry Stotts was less stringent than normal with the bench mob, allowing Vonleh to pick up his most run since Jan. 23. Portland opens the postseason Sunday against the Clippers in Los Angeles, at which point Stotts can be expected to tighten the rotation again and likely keep Vonleh contained to garbage time.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 29 2016, 08:12 AM

    Update: Vonleh amassed five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 24 minutes during Monday's victory versus the Kings.

    Analysis: Last Wednesday, Vonleh was displaced in the starting lineup by Maurice Harkless, limiting him to 23 combined minutes over the subsequent three contests. However, the Blazers steamrolled a shorthanded Kings squad Monday, which afforded Vonleh his most run since Jan. 23. Clearly, diminishing minutes doesn't help his fantasy stock, and the current state of the frontcourt rotation will likely sustain such value, barring an injury to one of his teammates.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 24 2016, 10:47 AM

    Update: Vonleh logged just three minutes off the bench during Wednesday's win against the Mavericks, going scoreless with one rebound.

    Analysis: Prior to Wednesday, Vonleh had been a regular presence in the starting five in every game since Nov. 18, but for a four-game absence to tend to an ankle injury before the break. With Maurice Harkless taking his place, Vonleh earned a season-low in minutes, though coach Terry Stotts was noncommittal afterward whether Harkless will remain a starter long-term. If Vonleh returns to a starting role Thursday against the Clippers in Los Angeles, expect him to pick up his typical 16 minutes per tilt.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 23 2016, 19:08 PM

    Update: Vonleh will play a reserved role off the bench in Wednesday's matchup with the Mavericks, Jason Quick of the North West Comcast Sports Network reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh was replaced by Maurice Harkless in the starting lineup. It appears the Trail Blazers have opted to go with a smaller lineup to matchup with the Mavericks small-ball approach. This is likely a temporary move based on matchups, so do not expect Vonleh to remain in a reserve role going forward.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 15 2016, 07:07 AM

    Update: Vonleh had four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, one assist, and one block across 17 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 128-94 loss to the Thunder on Monday.

    Analysis: Vonleh continues to see very little playing time despite starting games at power forward. Through eight games in March, he has seen no more than 21 minutes in any game, with averages of 3.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, and 0.4 blocks in 16 minutes per contest.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 27 2016, 20:38 PM

    Update: Vonleh scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in just 13 minutes during Saturday's win against the Bulls.

    Analysis: Despite starting his fifth consecutive game, Vonleh again failed to find many minutes. He impressed with a poster jam but rarely saw the court after that. He's averaging just 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.3 minutes and has little fantasy relevance.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 20 2016, 08:11 AM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) returned to action in Friday's shocking 137-105 win over the Warriors, providing nine points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds over 22 minutes.

    Analysis: Vonleh ended up sitting out the final four games prior to the All-Star break due to the ankle sprain, but there was never any serious doubt that he'd be available for Friday's contest following the extended rest. What was more surprising was that Vonleh took back the starting role at power forward, despite Maurice Harkless' exceptional play in his stead. Harkless still ended up seeing comparable playing time and narrowly outproduced Vonleh (11 points, eight boards in 25 minutes), while reserve power forward Meyers Leonard was limited to just five minutes. Vonleh had previously been splitting most of the minutes at the position with Leonard prior to his injury, and it looks like Harkless could simply take Leonard's place in that timeshare.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 11 2016, 11:02 AM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) didn't end up seeing the court in Wednesday's win over the Rockets.

    Analysis: Though the Blazers announced that Vonleh would be active and available to play in the contest, coach Terry Stotts chose not to call the second-year big man's number, as Maurice Harkless earned the starting nod in his stead. It was likely just a measure to give Vonleh some additional time to heal up with the All-Star break on tap, so he's probably not dealing with any sort of setback. Expect Vonleh to be available for the Blazers' next game Feb. 19 against the Warriors, though it's not clear if he'll be used in a starting role after Harkless shined in Wednesday's game with season highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 10 2016, 18:04 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) will be active for Wednesday's game against Houston, Portland Digital Reporter Casey Holdahl reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh has missed the past three games but he'll return on Wednesday. Though he's active it's unclear exactly how much he'll play, or if he'll play at all. If he is limited look for Ed Davis to see extra time.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 09 2016, 15:12 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) is considered probable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Erik Gundersen of The Columbian reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh has sat out the past three games with a left ankle sprain but surprisingly seems in store for a return before the All-Star break, which would afford him extended rest if he sits Wednesday. Nevertheless, Vonleh will likely edge into the playing time of Ed Davis with Vonleh the favorite to start if he's ultimately made eligible to compete.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 08 2016, 15:52 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) will not play in Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Joe Freeman of the Oregonian reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh was doubtful for Monday's tilt after missing the past two games with the same ankle injury. Maurice Harkless will likely get the start once again in Vonleh's place. Looking ahead, Vonleh's next chance to return will be on Wednesday against the Rockets.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 07 2016, 11:54 AM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and could be in danger of missing a third, as he's listed as doubtful heading into Monday. Maurice Harkless has started for him during his last few absences, so if Vonleh does indeed sit out Monday, look for Harkless to remain with the starters again. We should see Vonleh's status updated following the conclusion of the team's morning shootaround on Monday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 06 2016, 12:43 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Rockets, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh suffered a sprained left ankle in Tuesday's matchup with the Bucks and will now miss his second straight game when the Trail Blazers take on the Rockets. Maurice Harkless is set to make his second straight start in his place Saturday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 06 2016, 08:18 AM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) is doubtful to participate in Saturday's matchup with the Rockets, Portland's digital reporter Casey Holdahl reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh missed the Trail Blazer's previous game due to an ankle sprain, and appears to be heading toward missing his second straight. The severity of his sprain is unknown, and ankle injuries can be tough to predict, so consider him day-to-day moving forward. Moe Harkless, who started in his place Thursday, is likely to earn another start Saturday. Portland next plays Monday against the Grizzlies, so expect an update on Vonleh's status prior to game-time.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 04 2016, 17:21 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Raptors, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh was downgraded to doubtful earlier in the day, so his upcoming absence comes as no surprise. With that being said, look for either Ed Davis or Meyers Leonard to move into the starting lineup in his place. Vonleh's next opportunity to play will be Saturday against the Rockets.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 03 2016, 12:33 PM

    Update: Vonleh (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's matchup with the Raptors, Erik Gundersen of The Columbian reports.

    Analysis: Vonleh's X-rays on his sprained left ankle came back negative, so it appears that he avoided any major damage. That being said, he's still experiencing some swelling, so there's a good chance he'll sit out Thursday. If he does, Meyers Leonard or Ed Davis could get the start at power forward in his stead.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 03 2016, 11:34 AM

    Update: X-rays on Vonleh's sprained left ankle came back negative after Tuesday's game against the Bucks, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports. '[Doctors] said there were no breaks and it wasn't nothing major,' Vonleh said of his ankle injury. 'Just a little swelling. It should go down pretty quick.'

    Analysis: Vonleh suffered the injury in the third quarter of Tuesday's contest when he came down awkwardly while attempting to block a layup by the Bucks' Khris Middleton. The forward claimed the initial pain he experienced left him barely able to walk off the court, but fortunately, it looks like he was able to avoid any serious damage. Even so, his status remains in question for Thursday's game against the Raptors. Meyers Leonard or Ed Davis would likely start at power forward if Vonleh can't play in that game.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 02 2016, 20:53 PM

    Update: Vonleh suffered a left ankle sprain in Tuesday's game against the Bucks and will not return.

    Analysis: He came down awkwardly on the ankle after fighting for rebounding position in the third quarter. The team's trainers evaluated Vonleh before assisting him in walking to the locker room, during which he appeared to be in quite a bit of pain. He was inserted into the starting lineup after Meyers Leonard suffered a shoulder injury and has stayed in the lineup since, but he may be looking at an absence of his own now. Look for further details to be made available prior to the Blazers' next game Thursday against the Raptors. Leonard and Ed Davis would stand to see extra minutes if Vonleh misses further time.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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