Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge and center Meyers Leonard returned to practice on Friday, paving the way for a possible return to the court on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.
Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports on Twitter...
LaMarcus Aldridge says he went through a full practice today and felt good. His status for tomorrow will be determined tomorrow morning
Erik Gundersen of The Columbian reports on Twitter...
Meyers Leonard also practiced today. But, his status for tomorrow is also uncertain.
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports on Twitter...
LaMarcus Aldridge (groin), Meyers Leonard (ankle) will know tomorrow if able to go vs Nuggets. Aldridge went through full practice.
Thomas Robinson (knee) wasn't able to practice. There's no update on his status.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports...
"I felt OK going through a full practice, didn't have any issues or anything,'' Aldridge said. "A good sign today. We are going to see how I feel in the morning and go from there.''
Aldridge has been sidelined with a groin injury while Leonard has been battling a sprained ankle. The Blazers announced on Feb. 18 that Aldridge would miss at least a week while Leonard would likely be out for two-to-three weeks.
Aldridge has been sidelined for 10 days since that public prognosis and he's had more than two weeks off since his last regular season game (Feb. 12), thanks to the All-Star break. Aldridge did play 13 minutes in the All-Star Game.
The Blazers have had to turn to small lineups without Aldridge and Leonard, as Joel Freeland was also lost to a longer-term knee injury earlier this month. In addition, Thomas Robinson suffered a knee strain this week and is sidelined indefinitely.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Wednesday that he plans to return to his usual lineup and rotations once he gets his players back healthy.
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