Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LaMarcus Aldridge Sprains Ankle

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle in the final minutes of the team's win 95-94 win over New Orleans on Sunday. X-rays were negative, but Trail Blazers PR tweeted: "LaMarcus Aldridge's MRI results confirm a left ankle sprain."
The injury occurred when Aldridge landed on Hornets forward Ryan Anderson's foot.
"It's hurting pretty bad. Can't really walk on it. I'm on crutches until it starts feeling better," Aldridge said.
Aldridge played 37 minutes against New Orleans, scoring 20 points on eight of 17 shooting. Overall, he is having an excellent season for Portland, averaging 21 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. The sixth year forward is giving rookie point guard Damian Lillard a consistent threat to look for down low, and his ability to step away from the basket makes him a more difficult matchup.
Aldridge has started more than 400 games for Portland in his career.
At 11-12, Portland has struggled with him on the floor. The team hasn't played well enough thus far to contend in the Western Conference and they probably won't play any better without him in the lineup. Possible replacements in the lineup are Jared Jeffries and Luke Babbitt, but neither produces the numbers Aldridge does.
There is no reason for the Trail Blazers to rush Aldridge back since it may jeopardize his health later in the year.

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