LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 7 days ago

Aldridge underwent surgery Monday to repair to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb, which will require eight weeks of recovery, the Blazers' official site reports.

In his exit interview, Aldridge relayed there was a 20 percent chance that he would avoid surgery on the afflicted region, but an examination revealed what was believed to be inevitable when he sustained the injury on Jan. 19. After delaying the procedure, he remained a reliable double-double threat, averaging of 23.6 points (on 47 percent shooting), 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 35 minutes. While his effectiveness waned in the first-round series loss to the Grizzlies -- he put up 21.8 points per game on 33 percent shooting -- the power forward compensated with 11.2 boards and 2.4 blocks per night. With unrestricted free agency imminent, his ultimate destination will be one of the most discussed story lines of the summer.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 4 weeks ago

Aldridge will undergo an evaluation on his left hand in the near future, The Oregonian reports.

Aldridge suffered what was eventually diagnosed as a torn ligament in his left thumb on Jan. 19, which was intended to require 6-to-8 weeks on the pine after surgery was performed on the afflicted region. After much contemplation, he decided to forego the procedure in order to see if this year's Blazers were a special unit, playing out the season with a brace on his left hand. As the regular season progressed, the starting lineup suffered the loss of Wesley Matthews due to a torn Achilles, but Aldridge remained a veritable double-double machine, averaging 23.6 points (on 47 percent shooting), 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 35 minutes. Aldridge's scoring prowess waned a bit in the first-round series defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies -- 21.8 points on 33 percent from the floor to go with 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game -- as he enters an offseason rife with question marks due to his impending unrestricted free agency. The first answer should arrive once the call to have surgery on his thumb is made, one way or another.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 4 weeks ago

Aldridge scored 14 points (5-18 FG, 4-5 FT) with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 40 minutes during Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Grizzlies.

Aldridge averaged 23.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the series, but struggled from the field shooting just 34 percent. Aldridge will be a hot commodity this off-season as an unrestricted free agent. The Spurs and Mavericks have been linked with the 29 year old Texas native.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 4 weeks ago

Aldridge said he does not regret delaying thumb surgery, but he noted that he's still bothered by the injury, Michael Wallace of ESPN reports.

Aldridge tore a ligament in his left thumb back in January, but he opted to delay surgery and play through the ailment. It hasn't seemed to affect his play, but he acknowledged Wednesday that the injury is still bothersome, saying, "if feeling great is 10, I'm about a five or six." Aldridge will continue to play through the ligament tear with the expectation that surgery will be necessary this summer.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 4 weeks ago

Aldridge accrued 18 points (6-22 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds, and one assist in 40 minutes during Monday's victory against the Grizzlies.

Memphis' defense continues to force Aldridge into uncomfortable situations, but he hasn't been shy about putting up shots, averaging 23.5 field goal attempts per game for the series. Despite the decreased efficiency -- 34 percent versus 47 percent from the floor during the regular season -- his scoring hasn't succumbed to the pressure, as he's averaging 23.8 points. On a positive note, crashing the glass has been a priority for the nine-year pro, as evidenced by eight offensive boards Monday. After four games, his three double-doubles have been supported by 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per outing.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 month ago

Aldridge scored 24 points (7-20 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-10 FT) with 14 rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 42 minutes during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

He's been a monster through the first two games of the series, but as yet his big numbers haven't translated into a victory for the Blazers. Aldridge will try to maintain his momentum back home in Portland on Saturday for Game 3.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 month ago

Aldridge had a monster performance in a Game 1 loss to the Grizzlies, posting 32 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, and four blocks in 42 minutes of action.

Aldridge played his heart out Sunday, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to rack up the win. The Blazers were struggling the whole game, and Aldridge was one of the few bright spots. Expect him to continue playing well as the leader of the Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 month ago

Aldridge (foot) scored 19 points (8-24 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks.

After missing the last two games, Aldridge appears to be healthy heading into the Blazers' tough first round matchup with the Spurs.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 month ago

Aldridge (foot) will play Wednesday against the Mavericks, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Aldridge, who was considered probable coming in, will play in the regular season finale after sitting out Monday's contest against Oklahoma City. He said he expects to play his "regular minutes," so feel free to deploy him as usual in daily formats.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 month ago

Aldridge (foot) is probable for Wednesday's season finale, The Oregonian's Joe Freeman reports.

While it looks like Aldridge will play Wednesday, there's always the chance that he could see limited minutes as the Blazers prepare for the postseason.