LaMarcus Aldridge's 30 points were not enough during Friday's 103-98 loss to the Mavericks, adding 17 boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.
The Blazers came out flat and started off the game in a 40-10 hole, but they stormed back and actually took a 69-67 lead in the third quarter. Aldridge bounced back from his 1-of-13 shooting game on Wednesday and put up his seventh 30-15 game of the year tonight. The All-Star ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring and will look to turn it around after a sub-par February making just 43.1 percent from the field in that month.
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LaMarcus Aldridge joined guys like Paul George, Mike Conley and Kyle Korver on Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-13 shots for 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.
The fact that Aldridge was this bad and the Blazers still had a cake walk over the Hawks tells you something about the disparity between the East and West. Aldridge will bounce back on Friday against the Mavericks.
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LaMarcus Aldridge returned from his groin injury on Saturday night with 16 points, seven boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
He didn't quite look like his old self and was below his season average of 37.0 minutes per game. Aldridge last played in a regular season game on Feb. 12, so it's been a while since he's been asked to perform his nightly duties. The NBA's No. 8 scorer might be licking his chops to face the Lakers on Monday night.
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LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) will play vs. the Nuggets on Saturday night.
He missed five games due to his groin issue, but did go through a full practice on Friday afternoon. Aldridge was having a quiet February before the injury, shooting just 43.1 percent from the field for 21.0 points per game. His owners should obviously put him back in their lineups. Dorell Wright can be cut just about everywhere.
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LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) went through a full practice on Friday.
The Blazers take on the Nuggets on Saturday night and there should be more information on Aldridge's availability. Things do look pretty good for him after going through an entire practice, but his owners will definitely want to check back for another update at Saturday's shootaround.
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LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) won't play on Tuesday.
He's getting some shots up prior to game time, but will get another night off. He could return by the end of the week, but we still don't have a target date for his return. Thomas Robinson could be primed for another big night.
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Coach Terry Stotts is unsure if LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) will travel with the team for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.
He has a re-evaluation in the next couple days, so there's a good chance Aldridge will stay behind. Thomas Robinson turned in his best game of his career on Sunday and should have some very nice short-term value. Aldridge owners will probably want to bench him for this week.
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LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) is under doctor's orders to not run or jump for at least one week following his diagnosis from Tuesday.
He will be re-evaluated after that week and the team should have some sort of plan for his return. That means he's out for at least four games and should be considered doubtful for Feb. 26's game against the Nets. Dorell Wright will start for the Blazers Wednesday while Thomas Robinson will get some extra burn.
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LaMarcus Aldridge will miss a week with a left groin strain and then be re-evaluated by the Blazers.
We're hoping owners played it safe and benched the stud this week, but it would be hard to blame you if you had him in the starting lineup. This is a crushing blow for the Blazers, who are also missing Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland, so Robin Lopez is going to get all the minutes he can handle. Hopefully Aldridge is ready to go for Week 18, but at this point, owners have to consider him out indefinitely until he's examined again a week from now. Look for Thomas Robinson to possibly get the starting job for as long as Aldridge is out, making him worth a close look in most leagues.
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LaMarcus Aldridge skipped Tuesday's practice to have his groin injury re-evaluated.
Head coach Terry Stotts wouldn't discuss Aldridge's status for Wednesday's game, preferring to wait until team doctors have weighed in. He was limited on Sunday but did suit up for the All-Star game, playing 13 minutes off the bench, and owners can only hope for good news once the Blazers update his status.