Portland’s Aldridge out 6-8 weeks with ligament tear in left thumb


VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb in a win over the Sacramento Kings

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Wherever the Portland Trail Blazers go the next 6-8 weeks, they’ll have to do it without star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The Trail Blazers’ backbone will miss the next 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team announced Thursday night.

A three-time All-Star, Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb and will undergo surgery later this week, per the team’s release. He suffered the injury in second quarter of Portland’s 98-94 win over Sacramento Monday.

His injury leaves Damian Lillard to lead the way for a Trail Blazers team that has clawed its way into the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference standings behind league-leader Golden State. Aldridge is leading the Blazers with 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 blocks.

Filling the void for anyone else on the roster, even Lillard, at least temporarily, is something Portland coach Terry Stotts could handle with some rotation tweaks here and there. But there is no replacing Aldridge for potentially two months.


VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge discusses his latest injury setback and how it will impact the Trail Blazers

 

7 Comments

  1. kevin says:

    wait wait…did u say CJ…as is in mccollum…please tell me your kidding or maybe u don’t watch a lot of games.

  2. harriethehawk says:

    Did they just lose to the downtrodden Celtics?

  3. Jeff says:

    This is about to get real ugly. We already have been playing w/out our center and backup center. Now, losing, arguably, one of the top 5 players in the league will be rough. We’ll likely slip to 6th-7th seed. Not such a harbinger of misfortune, though. Playing any1 in the West will be no cakewalk, come playoffs.

  4. Paul says:

    Now we’ll see who’s the real MVP of the Blazers…Aldridge. Though Lillard is great.

    • Lillard Time says:

      Lillard is the real MVP of this team. If it wasn’t for the injury’s to Lopez and Freeland we would be fine. Imagine if Lillard, Cj and Blake were injured. we would have no chance at winning, especially with the form Batum is in. Aldridge is a beast. but lillard is our closer. To say that we could cover Lillard being injured is BS.

    • balaji says:

      yea we’ll see. If Aldridge was the great player you suggest Lillard is, then Lillard would be the MVP. (they need each other)