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Second MRI review shows Marcus Camby with meniscus tear, surgery next

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

PHOENIX - APRIL 26: Marcus Camby #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoot a free throw shot during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 26, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 107-88 to take a 3-2 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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When the official report came back on Marcus Camby’s MRI saying it was clean, we told you that the Blazers were wary and wanted their own team doctor to take a look at the films.

Turns out, with good reason.

A second review revealed partial medial meniscus tear in Camby’s left knee, and he will have surgery later this week the team announced.

“The MRI taken earlier today did not show anything significant,” said Blazers GM Rich Cho in a released statement. “However, a more thorough review tonight from our team physician did reveal a partial tear.”

The timetable for his return will be set after the surgery.

This will hurt the Blazers on the court, Camby is an anchor on defense and gives them 11 rebounds and nearly two blocked shots per game. In Camby’s place Nate McMillan said we may see Joel Przybilla, who had knee surgery last March after falling in the shower during his rehab from another knee surgery in December 2009.

Camby also was a valuable trade asset for the Blazers, if they decided to go that route, but his value has now dropped.

Camby joins a lengthy list of injured Blazers this season that includes Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, the latter of which just had surgery on both knees Monday. The basketball gods have been particularly cruel to the Blazers.