The LaMarcus Aldridge injury is almost healed. Aldridge may return to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday (Feb. 18) when the team takes on the Atlanta Hawks. That is certainly welcome news to fans that saw him go down at the Rose Garden last Tuesday (Feb. 14) with a sprained left ankle. That was a scary moment for everyone in the arena, especially because this guy is the cornerstone of the entire franchise.
Speaking to the Portland Tribune, the All-Star talked about his injury on Thursday night. Aldridge stated that, "I'll see how I feel (Friday). It's 80 to 90 percent better. I went from couldn't walk to being able to walk today. I'm hoping I'll feel great so I can play Saturday. I want to play ASAP, but I also don't want to come back too quick and reinjure it."
Getting him back on the court can't come soon enough, especially after the Blazers blew another double-digit lead on Feb. 16 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The team also scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter to lose the game 74-71. The offense looked pretty ugly without Aldridge in the low post and if it wasn't obvious before, it is now very clear that the Blazers cannot function very well without him.
If Aldridge is unable to play on Saturday (Feb. 18) against Atlanta, the next game for the Blazers comes on Monday (Feb. 20) against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. That's definitely a game where the team needs its star player but not at the risk of bringing him back too soon.
How do you think the Blazers look in the Western Conference this year? Can LaMarcus Aldridge take them deep into the postseason?