Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers jumped out a 31-19 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies at the end of the first quarter in Saturday’s play-in game.

Portland looked like a team playing in a groove behind Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic’s pick and roll action.

But at the 5:22 mark of the first quarter when Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins snagged a defensive rebound, he appeared to be limping and favoring his left ankle after the play.

Collins was then subbed out at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter and was seen limping to the bench.

Per Blazers, Collins (left ankle inflammation) is questionable to return.

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The Blazers starting power forward left the game after scoring three points and pulling down one rebound in seven minutes of action.

With Collins out, that meant Nurkic played big minutes. In his 21 minutes of first half action, he put on a show. Nurk scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds.

Trail Blazers rookie Wenyen Gabriel also took some of Collins’ minutes, playing four in the first half.

Gabriel also got the start in place of Collins to begin the second half.