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LaMarcus Aldridge (Upper Respiratory Illness) Doubtful for Nets Game

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LaMarcus Aldridge may join Nicolas Batum on the sidelines, leaving the Blazers without two starters when the Nets visit Saturday night.

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Casey Holdahl reports that LaMarcus Aldridge might have succumbed to the same respiratory illness that has plagued the Blazers as of late.

Nicolas Batum is still doubtful for Saturday night's game as well:

The rest of the Blazers may be able to get past the Nets without Aldridge if the recent game against the Nuggets is an indicator of the overall improvement of the Blazers. LaMarcus only needed to scored 12 points and haul in 7 rebounds to help his teammates in that win. However, without Aldridge drawing double-teams, the Blazers may have trouble getting open shots.

With a 4-4 record (good enough for 2nd in the Atlantic Division) the Nets are not in the same slump the Nuggets currently find themselves in. But after losing the first two games in their three-game road trip, the Nets have circled Saturday night on the calendar. As quoted in the New York Post, Kevin Garnett said, "The mood of the team is the priority is the Portland game."

The Blazers have not announced a replacement starter for Aldridge, nor whether Allen Crabbe will continue to start for Batum.

[Hat tip to Blazergold who posted this story in the Fanshots]