LaMarcus Aldridge decides to delay surgery, will return for Blazers Saturday vs. Wizards

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LaMarcus Aldridge was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury that would require surgery, and one that was expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

In a surprising turn of events, Aldridge has decided to delay surgery for now, and will return to the Blazers’ lineup in time for Saturday’s home contest against the Wizards.

From the team’s official Twitter account:

BREAKING: LaMarcus Aldridge (ligament tear left thumb) puts surgery on hold; will play tonight versus Washington.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Sources: Aldridge tested thumb on his own and reported to Portland trainer on Saturday morning he wanted to play. This was his decision.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“We are having a good season and I want to keep it going. Going to try and play with it if I can and go from there,” @aldridge_12 told Yahoo

From Jason Quick of The Oregonian:

Wesley Matthews upon hearing LaMarcus Aldridge will return: “Warrior. Unselfish. Indicator that he knows this could be a special year.”

There’s no guarantee Aldridge finishes the season without surgery; he could decide after one or more games of trying to play through it that the pain is too much, or his game is being too limited by the bothersome nature of the injury.

But for now, this is great news for a Blazers team that has gotten off to a tremendous start to the season, and currently sits in third place in the highly-competitive Western Conference.

Aldridge is averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in 35.8 minutes per contest this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.