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Even during a down year last season, Howard feasted against the Blazers, and Leonard made it clear that he feels the Rockets' All-Star center has taken his game to another level. "You can tell he's worked on his post game," Leonard told Blazersedge. "He scored with both hands around the rim, sweep through to the basket. Grabbing offensive rebounds and dunking comes very easy to him. His presence in the paint, to be able to rebound and block shots, is pretty significant." Blazers Edge

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Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed his decision to go with second-year big man Joel Freeland over fellow second-year center Meyers Leonard, the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, as the backup to starter Robin Lopez after practice Friday. "Joel's earned his minutes," Stotts said of the 26-year-old British big man. "We need defense from that position. ... Joel's earned it. He's had an impact on the game defensively and he's had a really good summer." Oregonian

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Another day brought another injury for the hard-luck Trail Blazers. Backup center Meyers Leonard suffered a strained right foot during the Blazers’ 104-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night and was forced to sit out Thursday’s practice. Leonard is expected to travel with the Blazers to Boise, where they will play the Utah Jazz Friday in an exhibition game, but he’s listed as questionable. Oregonian

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Illinois center Meyers Leonard, for instance, said he was at a complete loss when he got to an algebraic equation that, from his recollection, was comprised of four variables and no numeric values. "I got to the I.Q. section and it said something like, 'Y is to B as Q is to X.' I was like, 'What?!' I had no idea what it was talking about," the 7-foot-1 prospect said. Wall Street Journal

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As he lounged courtside at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, chatting with Trail Blazers assistant coaches, shaking hands with reporters and debating team broadcasters about whether or not single-digit temperatures truly are cold, Meyers Leonard was more than willing to share a little good news. “I’m getting better daily, there’s no doubt about that,” he said, before the Blazers lost to the Nuggets. “I’ve made a lot of progress.” Oregonian

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Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard told reporters at shootaround on Monday that he expects to miss "weeks" more with his sprained right ankle, suffered during a Dec. 29 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard did not travel on Portland's recent four-game road trip. Jay Allen of 750 AM The Game reports on Twitter... Meyers Leonard says his ankle is improving but he could be out for a couple more weeks. No official timetable for his return. Blazers Edge

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Following the game, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did something he has never done during his brief tenure as the team's coach...he called out one of his players. “He (Meyers Leonard) needs to work on his individual post defense,” Stotts said. Gortat scored on him, Jermaine O'Neal scored on him. He's trying, but right now, he's a poor post defender one-on-one.” Stotts is clearly trying to send a message with those comments. But you won't hear Leonard disagreeing with his coach's critique. “I got to get better at defense,” Leonard admitted. “It's a learning process. I got to have better anticipation, better everything. So we just as a team, got to get better and definitely for myself.” CSNNW.com

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