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12 LaMarcus Aldridge PF
Height/Weight: 6-11/240 | Birthdate: 7/19/1985 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Team: Portland Trail Blazers | College: Texas | NBA Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 13.57
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Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge plans to play for rest of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) After opting not to have surgery on his injured thumb, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said his surprising return during last Saturday's game is not a one-game wonder.

As long as Aldridge does not further damage the torn ligament in his thumb and he's playing effectively, he said he plans on playing for the rest of the season, reports NBCSports.

"Once I said I was going to try, then I was back. And if it became too much, then I was going to have surgery. So as of now, I'm back," Aldridge said. "But if I get it whacked or if something happens where I can't tolerate it and I'm not playing at a good enough level to help the team, then I'll have surgery. But as of now, I think they have done a good job of protecting it, so I'm back for the season and then I'll just have surgery in the offseason."


LaMarcus Aldridge still a risk


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) As good as it was to see LaMarcus Aldridge make a swift and unexpected return to the Trail Blazers lineup from a torn ligament in his thumb last weekend, there is a grey cloud inside of that silver lining. Aldridge's decision to play through the injury is a noble one, but it could end up costing him -- and his Fantasy owners -- in the long run.

The good news is, Aldridge probably can't make the injury much worse than it is by playing through it. He'll be sporting a brace on the thumb while he plays through it, and will likely put off surgery until the offseason. Watching him go for 26 points in his first game back should make his Fantasy owners happy, but Aldridge is going to be a risk for the rest of the season, whether because of re-injury or just subpar performance. He will have to tolerate the pain in the thumb and figure out how to keep his jumper pinpoint, which could bring additional complications.

If you can, now might be the time to trade Aldridge. Other owners in your league might have similar concerns about him, but there is always going to be one person willing to overlook that for the chance that Aldridge can carry their team to the playoffs. You shouldn't sell low on Aldridge for whatever you can get, but if someone is willing to part with another elite player -- a Damian Lillard or Kyle Lowry -- and perhaps an additional piece, it might be worth it for the peace of mind alone.


Delaying surgery could cause Aldridge to miss training camp


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) After choosing to delay surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge could miss the start of training camp next season, reports The Oregonian.

Aldridge cannot cause further damage to the thumb by playing, but Dr. Steven Shin, a hand/wrist surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles said delaying the surgery could cause issues next season.

"The reason why we suggest surgery rather than waiting is the quality of ligament can deteriorate with time," Shin said.

Shin added that if the quality of the ligament continues to decrease it could cause his recovery time to double.

"If he waits until the end of the season, the quality of ligament won't be as good as now," Shin said.


Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge nears double-double in return to action


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting in Portland's 103-96 win over the Wizards Saturday.

It was Aldridge's first game back on the court since suffering a torn tendon in his thumb earlier in the week. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

"My idea now is to play the rest of the season," he said before the game. "But if it gets too much where I can't handle it or I'm not playing at a very good level then I'll stop. But hopefully it goes well for us."


Teammates praise LaMarcus Aldridge's quick return to action


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to play Saturday, just five days after suffering a torn thumb ligament and his teammates couldn't be happier to see him back in the lineup.

"Meant the world to me because it takes so much more responsibility off me personally,'' point guard Damian Lillard said. "But I think it means more to the team because he's our best player and he's pushing himself through pain for the sake of the team. In a day where professional sports can be really selfish, I think this decision is selfless to the 100th power.''

Aldridge missed just one game while dealing with the injury, but what expected to miss six to eight weeks.

"Indicator that he knows this could be a special year," shooting guard Wesley Matthews said.

Aldridge leads Portland in both points and rebounds per game with 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. 

The Trail Blazers are currently 3-point underdogs at home against Washington.


Despite thumb injury, Blazers' Aldridge cleared to play Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) In a surprising move, the Trail Blazers announced forward LaMarcus Aldridge will play in Saturday’s game against the Wizards.

On Thursday, Aldridge was diagnosed with a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after surgery. However, Aldridge will forego surgery and has been declared active for Saturday's game.

"We are having a good season and I want to keep it going," Aldridge said, per Yahoo Sports. "Going to try and play with it if I can, and go from there."

The decision to play was made by Aldridge after he tested his thumb Saturday morning, sources told Yahoo Sports. 

In 38 games, Aldridge is averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. He will be a free agent after the season.

The Blazers are 5-point underdogs.


MRI confirms torn thumb ligament for Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) An MRI has confirmed that Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear is his left thumb, the team announced Thursday. He will require surgery on his thumb, which is expected to keep him sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

Aldridge suffered the injury Monday and played just 14 minutes in his team's home win over the Kings. His initial X-rays came back negative but his first MRI delivered inconclusive results due to swelling in the thumb. His second MRI Thursday revealed the torn ligament, which will keep the power forward sidelined until at least early March.

Aldridge has averaged 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in 38 games. Dorell Wright saw a season-high 35 minutes of action Wednesday and could be called upon to fill Aldridge's starting role while he remains out.


Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge ruled out Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Thursday that power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) will not play in Thursday's game against the Celtics, The Oregonian reports.

Aldridge's unavailability for Thursday's game was the only update Stotts provided on the status of the power forward, who was scheduled for a second MRI on his injured thumb Thursday. Stotts indicated in his pregame comments that he had yet to see the results of the test.

Adridge's first MRI came back inconclusive due to swelling in his thumb, but initial X-rays came back negative. He has averaged 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in 38 games.


Trail Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge set for another MRI on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will have another MRI on Thursday, after the initial exam was deemed inconclusive before of the swelling in his thumb, reports the Sporting News.

Aldridge, who left Monday's contest with the injury, had his thumb in a cast, which is typically not a good sign. His initial X-rays came back negative, and the team will likely know more about the severity of his injury once his new MRI results return. Forward Thomas Robinson is expected to see his role increase if Aldridge continues to miss time.


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge scheduled for second MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is scheduled to have his second MRI on Thursday, according to the Oregonian

Aldridge already had an MRI earlier in the week, but the results came back inconclusive. "For whatever reason, they needed to do another one," coach Terry Stotts told reporters. Aldridge had X-rays on his hand, but they came back negative. There is currently no timetable for Aldridge's return. 


Blazers' Aldridge will undergo MRI on hand later this week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge saw a hand specialist Wednesday and will undergo an MRI later this week, the team announced.

Aldridge suffered a thumb injury during Monday’s game and could not finish the game, but X-rays came back negative. He has already been ruled out of Wednesday’s game at Phoenix and there is no timetable on his return. Forward Thomas Robinson is expected to see his role increase if Aldridge continues to miss time.


Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge will not travel to Phoenix


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will not travel with the team and has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game at Phoenix, reports The Columbian.

Aldridge suffered a thumb injury during Monday's game and was forced to leave the contest. X-rays on his hand came back negative, but coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge is undergoing more tests, reports The Oregonian

In 38 games, he is averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. His next chance to play will Thursday at home against the Celtics.


Report: Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge dealing with thumb injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a left thumb injury, according to the Oregonian. The team has confirmed a hand injury, but will not comment on whether Aldridge injured his thumb. 

Aldridge left Monday's game with a hand injury, and was ruled out for the rest of the contest. He's gone for X-rays and an MRI on the issue. X-rays came back negative, the team announced. The results of the MRI have not been released at this time.

Following the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge is undergoing "further examination." Stotts went on to say he was concerned about the injury. "When a guy's not able to come back into the game, I'm concerned," he told reporters. 


Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge leaves game with hand injury, won't return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge injured his hand during Monday's game against the Kings and will not return, the team has announced.

As center DeMarcus Cousins drove to the basket, Aldridge attempted to knock the ball away from him and hit his hand on Cousins' leg. He had 10 points and two steals in 14 minutes.


Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge scores team-high 32 vs. Grizzlies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 32 points on 11 of 22 shooting in his team's 102-98 loss to the Grizzlies Saturday.

Aldridge delivered his third 30-point performance Saturday and nearly came through with a double-double, racking up nine rebounds to go with three blocks, two assist and one steal in 39 minutes. The Blazers take a three-game losing streak into Monday's matchup with the Kings.


Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge scores team-high 24 points Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 24 points on 9 of 18 shooting in Portland's 110-96 loss Friday.

Aldridge also went 6 of 6 from the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds. In seven games this month, Aldridge is averaging 25.1 points and 9.6 rebounds. He and the Blazers will look to bounce back Saturday against the Grizzlies.


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge posts double-double


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Aldridge shot 14-28 from the field. He missed both of his three point attempts, but sunk all nine of his free throws. Aldridge finished with a team-high 37 points. He was also active on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds. It was his 20th double-double of the season. 


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 25 points on Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points against the Magic on Saturday.

Aldridge shot 10-22 from the field, including one three pointer. Aldridge sunk all four of his free throws. He also managed six rebounds and three assists. 


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 24 points on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points on Thursday against the Heat.

Aldridge shot 11-20 from the field. He sunk 2-3 attempts from the free throw line. Aldridge was also active on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds. 


Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge doubles up vs. Hawks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 30 points on 14 of 25 shooting while racking up 12 rebounds in his team's 115-107 loss to the Hawks Saturday.

Aldridge delivered his second straight double-double after missing two games with an injury, but it wasn't enough for the Blazers to pick up their fifth straight win. He added four assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes of action in the loss. The Blazers will look to bounce back Monday against the Lakers.


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge records double-double in win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a two-game absence to help lead the Trail Blazers to a 102-97 victory over the Raptors Tuesday.

Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record his 17th double-double of the season. He has notched a double-double in three of his last four games. He also added two assists and one block.

The Blazers next play Saturday against the Hawks.


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge is set to play vs. Raptors


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will play in Tuesday’s game against the Raptors, reports The Oregonian.

Aldridge has missed the last two games with an upper respiratory illness. While Aldridge will play, coach Terry Stotts said his minutes will most likely be limited.

The Trail Blazers were 2 1/2-point favorites for Tuesday's game, but the line now has them as 3 1/2-point favorites.


Blazers upgrade LaMarcus Aldridge to probable for Tuesday's game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) The Trail Blazers upgraded forward LaMarcus Aldridge from questionable to probable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors. Aldridge has missed the last two games due to an upper respiratory illness.

Aldridge is averaging 24.8 points and 12.0 rebounds through 12 December games. The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2-point favorites for Tuesday's game.


Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge unsure if he'll play Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) As Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge continues to deal with an upper respiratory illness, he is unsure if he can play Tuesday against the Raptors, reports The Columbian.

The illness has kept Aldridge out of the last the two games. Forward Thomas Robinson has been starting in Aldridge’s place.

The Trail Blazers are 1.5-point favorites.


Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge out Sunday vs. Knicks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Knicks, the team announced.

Aldridge, who was doubtful to play Sunday, will be sitting for the third time in the last four games due to an upper respiratory illness. He's averaged 22.9 points and 10.6 rebounds in 28 games.

Portland is a 12-point favorite at home against New York.