Collins Undergoes MRI, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Portland

SAN ANTONIO -- A more definitive update will have to wait for a few days.

After suffering a dislocated shoulder in the third quarter of Portland’s win versus the Mavericks in Dallas, Trail Blazers starting power forward/center Zach Collins underwent an MRI Monday morning in San Antonio to assess the damage.

But before decided his status going forward, the Trail Blazers health and performance staff are waiting until Collins returns to Portland for further evaluation by team doctors. He out for the Monday’s game versus the Spurs and Wednesday’s versus the Thunder in Oklahoma City, but that’s as much as Collins or the team would say less than 24 hours after the dislocation.

“I don’t think they want to think anything right now until they get the right results,” said Collins prior to Monday’s game in San Antonio. “It is what it is, as optimistic as I can be until I get those results back. We’ll see.”

The 7-0 big in his third season out of Gonzaga, who often wears his emotions on his sleeve, was in good spirits and experiencing little discomfort due to the injury.

“I honestly felt really good today,” said Collins. “They said if I was going to be sore, today would be the worst of it. It’s sore if I move it a little bit, but just sitting here, I’m in no pain.”

Collins has avoided serious injury during his two-plus NBA seasons, though he has dealt with multiple minor issues throughout his pro career. While he's hopeful this injury is just small setback, he's also annoyed at the frequency. 

"It’s annoying, it’s frustrating," said Collins. "Obviously the ankle happened, the finger happened — fingers happened in the playoffs last year. It is what it is, it’s unfortunate, it’s annoying but just got to get through it and get back on the court."