When Portland Trail Blazers center Harry Giles initially suffered a non-contact leg injury, there was cause for concern. There always is when you see a big guy go down without being touched.
It was eventually reported that Giles was dealing with a calf strain. He was spotted in a walking boot ahead of the Blazers' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and though no timetable for his return was given, it seemed like he had avoided a major injury.
Now, for the first time since suffering that calf strain against the Dallas Mavericks, Giles offered an update on his injury and wrote that he's "doing amazing" in a recent tweet.
This is certainly good news for the Blazers. Without Giles available, their frontcourt depth is very thin. Enes Kanter is their only healthy big, as Jusuf Nurkic is still a month away from returning from a broken wrist while Zach Collins is still rehabbing from ankle surgery and there is no timetable for his return. There's also no timetable for Giles' return. But, Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl is now reporting that Giles is no longer in a walking boot.
The sooner that Giles can return, the better for the Blazers' depth. Of course, there's still no timeline for his returns, so in the meantime, expect Kanter to get plenty of run at the center spot with the team going small when he has to be off the court.
Even though he won't be on the court, Giles will be pulling hard for the Blazers to continue their winning streak against the Pelicans.
The Blazers have won their last five games and can finish their three-game road trip with a perfect record if they can win the latter end of the back-to-back on Wednesday night.