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Whiteside suffers left pinky finger dislocation, returns to game

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The Trail Blazers have yet another finger dislocation to deal with against the Lakers in their first round playoff series.

As the first quarter was winding down in Game 5 Saturday, Trail Blazers big man Hassan Whiteside left the game and headed straight to the locker room with what the Blazers later announced was a left pinky finger dislocation.

With Whiteside in the locker room, Portland was down to just eight active players.

Jaylen Hoard subbed in for Whiteside at the 1:50 minute mark of the first quarter. 

However, the Trail Blazers quickly announced that Whiteside would return to the game. 

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In 67 regular season games played for the Blazers this season, Whiteside averaged 30.0 minutes per game with 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks.

He then adjusted to life coming off Portland's bench with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins both healthy and back in the starting lineup.

Whiteside has started the last three games against the Lakers including Saturday night’s contest.

The Trail Blazers held a 35-31 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

Whiteside started the second quarter with his left pinky finger taped.

Check out the game now on NBCSNW.