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Aldridge and Batum started the game, but suffered injuries in the first half and didn't return to action after halftime. Aldridge appeared to re-injure his left thumb when Memphis' Tony Allen reached in and attempted a steal in the first quarter. Aldridge has been playing with torn ligaments in his left thumb since late January. He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Batum tweaked his back in the first half and did not return to the game. He was 0-for-4 with two rebounds in 15:19 before leaving the game with an injury. X-Rays on Aldridge's left hand came back negative. Oregonian

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Harden has gone from an All-Star famous for his facial hair and inconsistent defensive effort, to a legit MVP candidate and the best shooting guard in the NBA. He is second in the league in scoring (27.1 points per game), fifth in made three-pointers (161) and tenth in assists (7.1 a game). "He's a big time scorer. He makes his team better in every way," Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of Harden following Blazers practice on Tuesday. "So just trying to make his looks tough. Just try to make everything difficult for him." Oregonian

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But Aldridge smiled when the grind of, ‘Are you coming to New York?’ queries was mentioned. “You know it is coming when you come here, but really, it wasn’t too bad,” Aldridge told Sporting News. “I didn’t get hit with it too much. It was off and on, but it wasn’t too bad and I’m used to it by now. I am not in free agency so there isn’t much to say.” Aldridge also said he was not really recruited all that much by players employed by teams with cap space this summer—and yes, that includes Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. "Maybe I'm not good enough," Aldridge said with a smile. Sporting News

He was asked about the prospect of being in New York generally, saying, “It’s one of the cities that most guys look forward to coming to. Always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys like coming here.” He was asked about the triangle offense. “I’m a post player,” he said. “So I don’t mind it. I feel like I could play in it and I could do well in it.” Sporting News

That, however, probably was of small comfort to his bosses back in Portland. Aldridge has said his preference is to simply re-sign in Portland, but he’s obviously keeping an open mind. The relative openness of that mind has weighed on the Blazers’ front office all year. “It’s probably being paranoid, I think just about everyone expects him to stay (with the Blazers), but they’re very, very scared to lose him,” one league executive told Sporting News. “They’ve been reluctant to do anything with the roster as it stands because they want to stay in position to bring him back. For smaller markets, you’re always afraid of losing the stars you drafted and groomed.” Sporting News

February 15, 2015 Updates

“Winning and being happy, I think those two [are what I’m looking for],” Aldridge said. “I want to win and I want to love where I’m at. “I want to like the management and feel comfortable that they are going to do the right things to keep winning and I want to spend my time with an organization where I love what they’re doing and where they’re going. “No, [Carmelo hasn’t recruited me], maybe I’m not good enough (laughs). No, I haven’t been around anybody, I’ve been by myself all day so no I haven’t. But we’ll see what happens when I’m here. Basketball Insiders

February 14, 2015 Updates

After initially planning to start Kevin Durant in place of the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, Western Conference coach Steve Kerr called an audible Saturday afternoon and decided to make LaMarcus Aldridge his fifth starter. Aldridge, a Portland Trail Blazers forward, is taking the place of Davis in the starting lineup because of a shoulder sprain that caused the New Orleans Pelicans star to miss his team's last two games before the All-Star break. ESPN.com

And speaking of cold, Aldridge didn’t think the cold weather in New York was an issue that would deter free agents from considering the city as a destination. Instead, Aldridge endorsed New York as a place that other players enjoy going to for All-Star Weekend. “It’s cold everywhere, I don’t think [it’ll scare off free agents],” Aldridge said. “This is one of those things I think most guys look forward to coming to. It’s a fun city, always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys love it here. … I think playing here is awesome. These fans are very loyal and very honest. I think anyone would love playing here. This is the basketball capital. There’s so much history.” Basketball Insiders

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