The Portland Trail Blazers placed forward Brian Grant on the injured list Monday, forcing the team's best rebounder to miss at least the first five games of the season.
Grant hasn't fully recovered from offseason surgery on his left knee. Grant got a deep bone bruise late last season and played in pain throughout the Blazers' run to the Western Conference finals.
To reduce its active roster to the mandatory 12 players, Portland also placed guard Gary Grant and forward Nikita Morgunov on the injured list. According to the Blazers, Grant has a strained right hamstring, and Morgunov has a sprained right ankle.
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