Shaedon Sharpe of Trail Blazers Set for Core Muscle Surgery

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe is set to undergo core muscle surgery due to “worsening” symptoms of a lower abdominal strain, initially expected to sideline him for at least two weeks since January 15.

    ‣ Despite making progress with individual on-court workouts, Sharpe has not been cleared for contact, leading to the decision for surgery after a lack of progression in his recovery.

    ‣ Before his injury, Sharpe was averaging career highs with 15.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 33.1 minutes per game this season, showcasing significant improvement from his rookie season.

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So, here’s the scoop. Shaedon Sharpe, the guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, is hitting the operating room later this week. Why? His core muscle is acting up, getting worse even. It seems like the guy just couldn’t catch a break.

He was supposed to be out for just a couple of weeks starting Jan. 15. That was due to a lower abdominal strain he got during a game. Oh, and not just any game. It was during a massive 139-77 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 11. Talk about adding insult to injury, right?

Coach Chauncey Billups spilled the beans that Sharpe couldn’t join practice last Tuesday. Although he did manage some solo on-court workouts, he’s still a no-go for contact play. It’s like one step forward, two steps back with his recovery.

“Shaedon Sharpe To Undergo Surgery.” That’s the headline that’s been floating around. If you’re curious, there’s a link and a tweet by the Trail Blazers themselves confirming it. It’s official and kinda sad, honestly.

Now, on to a lighter note – the Trail Blazers have a seven-game homestand kicking off Thursday against Detroit. They’ve got a packed schedule, hosting the Pelicans, Timberwolves (twice, because why not?), Nuggets, Hornets, and Heat all this February. It’s going to be a busy month, with or without Sharpe.

Speaking of Sharpe, did you know he was the seventh overall pick by the Trail Blazers in the 2022 NBA Draft? Yep, straight out of the University of Kentucky. Although, fun fact, he didn’t play there. Still, he managed to start 15 games in his rookie season out of 80. Not too shabby.

Now, for some numbers – Sharpe’s been averaging 9.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and playing 22.2 minutes per game. His shooting stats are pretty solid too, with 47.2% from the field, 36% from beyond the arc, and 71.4% at the foul line.

Oh, and let’s not forget his standout performance against the Sacramento Kings on March 29, 2023. The guy scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, and even blocked a shot, all in 45 minutes. Talk about a star in the making.

Before this whole injury saga, Sharpe was on fire this season. He made 25 starts in 32 appearances, hitting career highs across the board – 15.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 33.1 minutes per game. Impressive, right?

Despite the setback, Sharpe’s been trying to stay sharp (pun intended). He’s been shooting 40.6% from the floor and 33.3% from the 3-point line. Plus, he’s hitting a career-best 82.4% at the free-throw line.

He even scored a season-high 29 points in wins over the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. Against Cleveland, he also set personal records with 10 rebounds, five assists, and a steal. But, life’s not without its downs. Against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 17, he had a bit of a rough patch, committing a career-high 10 turnovers in just over 38 minutes. Ouch.

So, there you have it. A rollercoaster of a season for Sharpe, filled with highs and lows. Let’s hope the surgery goes well, and he’s back on the court doing what he does best. Fingers crossed, right?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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