Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge (Left Ankle Sprain): On Active List, Says He Will Play

Saturday Night Update: The Blazers announced that LaMarcus Aldridge is on the active list tonight. Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports Aldridge says he will play.

Saturday Update: The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that forward LaMarcus Aldridge is a game-time decision for Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Thursday's Post-Game Update:

Here is a string of quotes from Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge regarding his sprained left ankle made after Portland's Thursday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Definitely going to try to do some stuff [at practice] tomorrow and see how it feels. I feel better. I'm just going to be day-to-day. I'm going to try to go tomorrow and see how I feel

"I don't want to come back too early and re-injure it and then be out longer. The big thing now is to make sure it's strong, it's stable and that I'm ready to come back.

"I'm very surprised at how fast I'm healing. When I did it I was pretty shaken up. I'm definitely happy with the progress I made. I thought I had actually broken something it was so painful. I was so caught off guard.

"I should definitely be back before [the All-Star Game]."

Click through for previous updates and video of the injury.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Thursday Update: Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge tweets: "Getting better! Finally walking normal now without boot or crutches!"

Blazers coach Nate McMillan offered this update prior to Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers: "He's feeling a little better. Of course he's out tonight. We'll look at him again tomorrow. We're hoping he will be ready on Saturday. But day-to-day."

Wednesday Update: Brian Wheeler of Blazers Radio reports that Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said on Wednesday that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is "doubtful" for Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with his sprained left ankle but that McMillan is "hopeful" Aldridge will be available for a Saturday night game against the Atlanta Hawks. Both games will be played at the Rose Garden. Of course, Aldridge is out for Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena as he did not travel with the team.

Tuesday's Post: Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge left Tuesday night's game against the Washington Wizards at the Rose Garden with an apparent left ankle injury after Wizards forward Trevor Booker undercut him while he attempted a jump shot.

The play occurred at the 10:08 mark of the first quarter, as Aldridge's jumper cut Washington's early lead to 5-4. The Blazers took a foul and then a timeout to attend to Aldridge, who was down in evident pain but was able to walk under his own power to the locker room.

Tuesday Update: Michael Holton of Blazers Broadcasting reported that Aldridge will go for X-rays.

Tuesday Update (2): The Blazers have announced that the X-rays were negative and that Aldridge will not return to Tuesday night's game due to a left ankle sprain.

Tuesday Update (3): The Blazers announced after the game that Aldridge will not travel with the team to Golden State for Wednesday night's game against the Warriors.

Aldridge, 26, is averaging 23.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season. He was named to his first All-Star Game this season. He has appeared in every game this season for the Blazers and has missed just six games due to injury since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.

The Blazers travel to Golden State on Wednesday night and then return to the Rose Garden to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Here's a video replay of the injury.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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