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Blazers’ Aldridge out Wednesday, maybe more with ankle sprain

Feb 15, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

LaMarcus Aldridge AP

Two minutes into the Trail Blazers ugly loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday, LaMarcus Aldridge went up with a turnaround jumper, Trevor Booker stepped out to contest it and in doing so slid his foot under Aldridge, and the result was a painful looking sprained ankle. (Watch the video below.)

X-Rays came back negative, but Aldridge did not travel with the team to Golden State for Wednesday’s game, reports Blazers Edge. They also return home for a third game of a back-to-back-to-back and get the Clippers Thursday night, and I wouldn’t expect to see him lace it up for that one either. This looked pretty severe.

Which is rough — Portland has lost four of its last five and is playing its worst ball of the season by far. They need to change their fortunes, and that just got a lot harder to do.

A quick look at the five-man lineups so far this season for Portland show not a lot of minutes and even less success for units that did not have Aldridge in them (from He is their All-Star big, their anchor and lynchpin. They need him right, but they need him back soon.

  1. juanandonly24 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    What is it with this team and injuring parts of their legs?

    • goforthanddie - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      This is apparently just a sprained ankle, happens to everybody. I assume you mean Oden/Roy, those were knees that were bad when they were drafted. BIG difference.

      • juanandonly24 - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        I’m also talking about Bill Walton and Sam Bowie. It’s like there’s a curse on that team.

      • goforthanddie - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Yeah, good point. Not the best place to be a C, and guess what position needs a younger upgrade next? Hope there’s a good one in the draft, because even if you don’t believe in curses etc., you have to think about signing here if you’re a free-agent C, it’s still in the back of your head.

      • juanandonly24 - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        yeah God forbid they have to start LaMarcus at C and risk him to injury ever more

  2. Justin - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I really like Aldridge and even have him on my fantasy team. But did the announcer really say it is not sportsman like? Like Booker did it on purpose? I think that is a little far fetched.

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    No way!? Another big man going down with an injury in Rip City? Color me shocked (heavy sarcasm). That’s just the culture of the organization these days.

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