Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a left ankle sprain during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's win over the New Orleans Hornets. X-rays on the ankle were negative on Sunday and the Blazers announced Monday that an MRI confirmed the injury and reported no further damage.
LaMarcus Aldridge, meanwhile, badly sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter when he came down on the foot of Ryan Anderson. Aldridge left the arena with the help of crutches but was not in a walking boot (yet). X-rays on the ankle were negative and he's scheduled to have an MRI soon. He pointed out that he sprained his right ankle, not his left, last year when he was undercut during a jumper. "It's hurting pretty bad, can't really walk on it," he said Sunday. "I'm on crutches for now until it starts feeling better."
He will be listed as "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. (See updates below.)
Update (Tuesday): After the Blazers took an off day on Monday, Aldridge did not practice on Tuesday according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com on Twitter.
LaMarcus Aldridge notes on Twitter that he has traded his crutches for a walking boot.
Update (Wednesday): Joe Freeman of The Oregonian (here) and Sarah Hecht of Blazers.com (here) both report that Blazers coach Terry Stotts ruled Aldridge out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets after he didn't practice on Wednesday. Stotts did not give a starting five on Wednesday.
Update (Friday): After sitting out Thursday night's game against the Denver Nuggets, Aldridge did not participate in most of practice on Friday. Mike Tokito of The Oregonian reports that Aldridge is feeling "better " and that he will be listed as a "gametime decision" for Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge would be "questionable."
Update (Saturday): Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports on Twitter that Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday after missing one game with a sprained left ankle.
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