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Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge out at least a week with a groin strain

Feb 18, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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For the first time this season a Portland Trail Blazer starter is going to miss a game due to injury (one of the real secrets of their success this season).

All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge will be out at least a week with a left groin strain, the team announced. After a week he will be re-evaluated, but groin injuries can linger so we’ll see when he returns.

Portland had lost three of four coming into the break and this isn’t going to help.

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Aldridge has been the best power forward in the game this season, averaging 23.9 points, 11.4 rebounds plus contributing on the defensive end in Portland. You’re going to see more Thomas Robinson but the Trail Blazers are hurting up with Joel Freeland (MCL sprain) and Meyers Leonard (sprained left ankle) both out as well.

Aldridge will be out for games against Tim Duncan and San Antonio, plus a showdown with Kevin Love and Minnesota on Sunday.

  1. casualcommenter - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Sucks that Aldridge is injured, though the good news is that it doesn’t seem to be too serious.

    Perhaps it was a good thing that Aldridge only played limited minutes in the All-Star game, though the press release is unclear as to when he sustained the injury.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      He played hurt the two games before the ASG.

  2. bowmanj35 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    that’s funny, I didn’t think anyone in Portland was contributing on the defensive end…

    • spursareold - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM


  3. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    LMA deserved to be on the All-Star team, but as a Portland fan I wish he’d thought of the team first instead of playing the ASG with a bad groan.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    He sprained his pXssy ’cause he didn’t want to play the former best PF in the game and the current best PF in the game, but yeah, he played in the AS game and dry complained about minutes. Psssh

  5. romneycareupheld - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    This is clearly the first of many resting periods for the starters. SA and Miami do this all the time to rest their studs so they are fresh in the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lillard has a mysterious injury that sits him for a few games in March. Smart teams rest their starters now and then.

    • savvybynature - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:56 AM

      It doesn’t sound like that’s what this is

    • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:24 AM

      SA has the depth to cover days off.
      MIA has LBJ/Bosh to cover Wade.
      Portland has neither, and needs every win it can get for seeding purposes.

      • spursareold - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        GS understands. They have a wretched bench, but they STILL play them enough to avoid gassing their starters. This is the second year in a row that Portland is plummeting in the standings after the new year. I thought their bench was supposedly better this year.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Portland’s bench IS better than last year. Problem is, last year’s bench was historically horrible.
        Now we have an experienced PG who is equally likely to win you a game or lose it, and a back-up C who took the summer and improved his game 100x (and he’s currently out with a knee thing). That’s two more “good” bench guys than we had last year. Three if you want to count McCollum, who missed the first half of his rookie season and is still figuring out the big-boy game.

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