Our first semi-conclusive LaMarcus Aldridge news came out earlier today from Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Heard MRI LaMarcus Aldridge had was inconclusive bc thumb still too swollen. Having another today, but was told thumb's in a cast. Not good.— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) January 22, 2015
If there is ligament damage for LaMarcus Aldridge, he'd be out 3 weeks, you'd have to figure. But probably a bit more.— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) January 22, 2015
Now Sirius/XM radio has tweeted that Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey has confirmed the report in an interview.
Neil Olshey confirms @SeanDeveney report that LaMarcus Aldridge's thumb is in a cast right now.— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 22, 2015
Further tidbits from the Olshey interview:
Neil Olshey tells me on @SiriusXMNBA that Aldridge has to undergo more tests on thumb, will then determine if he can play through it.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) January 22, 2015
.@trailblazers GM Neil Olshey says they are hopeful that Robin Lopez can return right before ASG, but says they won't push it.— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 22, 2015
Olshey points out that being healthy in the playoffs is more important than seeding in the tough western conference.— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 22, 2015
Olshey says he'll only make a move if they can add "an impact guy." Wants everyone on the roster to immediately embrace a new guy— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 22, 2015
On positions of need Olshey says they are a little thin on the perimeter. Would want to add a piece for playoffs, not to cover injuries— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 22, 2015
Joel Freeland also told me last night that he's likely to be out for at least a few more weeks, maybe longer, with a strained right shoulder— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) January 22, 2015
If Aldridge's injury is minor than a quick return is possible. If MRI reveals a G2+ sprain or complete tear, he could face a lengthy absence— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) January 22, 2015
Stotts said LaMarcus Aldridge had a second MRI on his left hand today, but there are no results yet.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) January 23, 2015
We still have no formal diagnosis or prognosis but more news may be forthcoming as tonight's game versus the Boston Celtics approaches. Stay tuned.