Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge injures left hand (again), must leave game

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Back in January, LaMarcus Aldridge tore a ligament in his left thumb, but he decided to play through it because he believed this Portland team could contend for a title.

Saturday night, Aldridge had to leave Portland’s game against Memphis when Tony Allen reached in to try and swipe the ball away from Aldridge and hit the injured hand. Aldridge was in clear pain, left the game, returned to finish out the first half, but then did not play in the second half.

There is good news with Aldridge, this could have been worse.

After the game, Aldridge said his hand was swollen, and he would likely miss a little time but would return as soon as he could.

Memphis won the game 97-86, handing Portland it’s third consecutive loss. With that Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers are in a virtual tie for the four seed (the Trail Blazers are one game up in the loss column). Portland is just a game-and-half back of third-seeded Houston, but also just one ahead of six-seeded San Antonio in a crowded Western Conference.

With that, the Blazers can’t afford to be without their All-Star forward Aldridge for long.