LaMarcus Aldridge Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers Star's Ankle

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIMarch 28, 2013

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center on February 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers still have a puncher’s chance to sneak into the playoffs, and because of this, LaMarcus Aldridge’s ankle injury comes at an extremely inopportune time.


UPDATE: Friday, Mar. 29 at 8:35 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The ankle injury LaMarcus Aldridge suffered against the Brooklyn Nets will force him to miss time, and CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes reports that the All-Star will not be in action tonight against the Utah Jazz:

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The Blazers reported via Twitter that Aldridge was unable to finish the team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to the injury:

As the New York Post’s Tim Bontemps notes, Aldridge hurt his ankle in an all-too-common way after coming down on Nets forward Reggie Evans:

Aldridge has continued to progress this season, and he is well on his way to becoming a perennial All-Star. He has been selected as one of the Western Conference's top players in each of the past two seasons.

This year, his 21.0 points per game leads all power forwards. He is also averaging 8.9 rebounds per game and shooting 47.7 percent from the floor.

Against Brooklyn, he racked up 24 points while going 11-of-14 from the floor before he was unable to continue. However, Portland lost 111-93.

He has a complete offensive skill set, and he is equally dangerous while in the post with his back to the basket or facing up and working his mid-range game. This has helped him form a productive partnership with rookie point guard Damian Lillard. 

The Blazers are certainly going through some growing pains this season, and the loss to the Nets dropped them to 33-38 on the year. But the team is just 3.5 games back from the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

If Portland has any shot to make a late surge, it will need Aldridge healthy and on the floor.