LaMarcus Aldridge Injury: Updates on Blazers' Star's Quad, Likely Return Date
Portland Trail Blazers veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a hip injury at practice Wednesday, potentially hindering any early-season success the team was hoping to have.
The team later clarified that it was a hip strain.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
From Trail Blazers PR:
Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge MRI negative. Out for Friday's game at LA Clippers with a sore left knee.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) October 18, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Joe Freeman of The Oregonian:
LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams will play tonight vs Suns. LA will start and both will play "limited minutes," coach Stotts said.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 10, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com:
#Blazers G Damian Lillard says 1st unit of him, Wes Matthews, Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge & Robin Lopez worked together during shootaround.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 7, 2013
However, Damian Lillard says he's not sure if LaMarcus Aldridge (quad) will suit up tonight vs Clippers.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 7, 2013
Under the new media policy, LaMarcus Aldridge (quad) along with Mo Williams (ankle) declined to speak with media. Will do so at pregame.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest has the latest on Aldridge:
Aldridge, did, however, practice today, though Stotts says he went “light” in halfcourt drills.
“I feel better,” Aldridge said. “When it first happened, I was scared because I've never felt that before. But it felt good today.”
He said he's in no hurry to rush back being that it's the preseason.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3
The Blazers clarified what sort of injury Aldridge has:
Injury clarification: Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge has a left quad strain.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) October 3, 2013
Head coach Terry Stotts, via the Oregonian's Joe Freeman, has the concerning details:
Aldridge's hip injury occurred during Wednesday nite's practice. "There was no contact,"Stotts said. "It was just kind of a sniper got him."— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 3, 2013
#Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge's hip injury is not serious, but it sounds like he will miss significant time. Return unknown.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 3, 2013
Stotts on Aldridge's hip injury: "It's not a day-to-day thing. It'll take a little time."— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 3, 2013
Aldridge himself commented on his status:
I'm ok just suffered a left quad strain. I should be back on the court pretty quick.— Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) October 3, 2013
It's hard to get a read on the severity of the injury, but it doesn't sound great. And considering Aldridge's worth to this team, this is pretty bad news with less than a month until the start of the regular season.
The Blazers are crawling with talent at guard and on the wings—Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Dorell Wright, Will Barton and rookies C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe give them one of the deepest, most tantalizing rotations in the league.
But down low, Stotts' team lacks both depth and experience.
After Aldridge, the Blazers feature Meyers Leonard, who had an up-and-down rookie season, Thomas Robinson, who is already with his third team after being drafted No. 5 overall in 2012, Robin Lopez and Joel Freeland.
There is potential there, but no one will currently scare defenses.
Not only does the 28-year-old Aldridge, who averaged 21.1 points and a career-high 9.1 rebounds per game last season, do exactly that as one of the best offensive big men in the game, but he also serves as a veteran leader to this young team.
He is integral to this team's success, and Blazers fans will be holding their breath for a speedy recovery.
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