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Blazers forward Cliff Alexander on active roster for first time vs. Detroit

(AP Photo/ Greg Wahl-Stephens)

(AP Photo/ Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Portland Trail Blazers rookie big man Cliff Alexander has been placed on the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. It’s the first time that Alexander will be on the active roster in his young NBA career.

A bone bruise in his left knee caused Alexander to miss the entire preseason and all but the first week of Blazers training camp. In past weeks, he’s reportedly looked at surgery and said that he tore some cartilage in that left knee.

But, apparently things have improved to the point that the former High School standout is getting in full gear.

Alexander impressed teammates in the month before training camp with his athleticism and ability around the basket. Although he’s been moved to the active list, it would be a surprise to see him crack the rotation ahead of Noah Vonleh.

Taking Alexander’s place on the Blazers inactive list is rookie guard Luis Montero.

Sunday’s game tips off at 6 p.m. at the Moda Center and can be seen locally on CSN.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.