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With home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs a long shot, the Trail Blazers aren't going to risk anything. The Blazers announced on Friday evening power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will sit out Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz with a left foot sprain. It's unclear when Aldridge suffered the injury, but it's likely the team is just holding him out to rest and avoid further injury. Oregonian

April 10, 2015 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that shooting guard Arron Afflalo is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a right shoulder strain after getting an MRI. Afflalo was forced from the fourth quarter of Thursday's 116-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. He appeared to injure the shoulder while trying to fight for position on a post-up play against Golden State's Stephen Curry. The timeline is a tough one for the Blazers. Columbian

Joe Freeman: Afflalo said he can't lift his right arm over his shoulder. He will undergo further medical testing Friday in Portland. Twitter @BlazerFreeman

April 9, 2015 Updates

Minnesota courted him heavily, and Batum said he became sold after spending several days with Adelman. "He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.'' Oregonian

April 7, 2015 Updates

Lopez then scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the highly anticipated matchup against his brother, Robin. "I don't know," Brook told reporters why he and his brother don't acknowledge one another on the court. "I can't explain it. It's been unsaid this whole time. We never talked about it. We don't talk much." What does he mean by saying they ‘don't talk much?' "We have a FaceBook chat with our guys from high school and Stanford, so we talk to other people on the chat but we don't really refer to each other much. But we talk on that chat everyday, kind of, I guess." NetsDaily

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He was Iron Man, after all, a moniker he proudly adopted to mirror not only the brawn and brains of his favorite movie character, but also to represent the durability and toughness he has exhibited during a six-year NBA career that had seen him miss only 13 of 441 games. As he looked at the boot, he knew what it represented, and his hope became as blurry as his eyes: He was staring at a lost season, a lost championship and perhaps a lost contract. "As I stared at that boot," he says, "it all became real." Oregonian

But in Iron Man 3, Matthews says, the plot spoke to him: Love, not ego, is the battle most worth fighting. "I'm not going to prove a hater wrong. I can't do that anymore, that's not my drive anymore," Matthews says. "My drive is to prove to the people who love me unconditionally, from the start, that they were always right. I'm going to do it for them. I want my mom, my friends, my family to puff their chests out and say 'I told you so.' "And that's what Iron Man ended up doing for Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Pepper: He did everything so he didn't lose her." He is fitted for crutches and given a foam block to elevate his leg after the next day's surgery. He walks out of the hospital in his boot, carrying the crutches, and feeling like Iron Man. "Won't use them until I need them," he says of the crutches. Oregonian

His mood is buoyed by his first post-surgery doctor's visit on March 19. They cut off his plaster cast and examined the four-inch incision above the inside ball of his ankle. There was no redness. No inflammation. "The doctors were very impressed," Pam says. They wrapped him in a new, tighter-fitting fiberglass cast, done of course in Iron Man-themed colors: red with gold stripes. In his eyes, it was his first true victory in the process. He was given orders to keep his leg elevated 17 to 20 hours a day. To sleep with it on the foam wedge. "That was my test: Having the discipline to endure it, accept it, embrace it and dismantle it," Matthews says. "And that's what I did. I nailed it." Oregonian

April 3, 2015 Updates

The injury is just the latest in a long line of hand injuries suffered by Blazers players this season. Robin Lopez missed 23 games with right hand fracture, Damian Lillard sprained two fingers in December and LaMarcus Aldridge is still playing through a torn ligament in his left thumb. After slipping out of the rotation in February, Wright had moved into a more significant role over the past month following Wesley Matthews' season-ending Achilles injury. Now he'll likely miss the entire first round of the playoffs. Oregonian


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