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January 25, 2015 Updates
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LaMarcus Aldridge gave the thumbs down on thumb surgery on Saturday, when the Portland Trail Blazers star forward made the shocking decision to continue playing despite the tear in the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb. Aldridge was expected to have the surgery and miss six to eight weeks – the kind of time that would certainly have threatened the Blazers' incredible season. They were 31-12 before he went down in the game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, but the recent evidence strongly suggests that it wouldn't have continued. Portland is 11-7 when playing without Aldridge in the last two seasons. USA Today Sports

After testing his injured left thumb in a splint on the court, Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge informed the organization that he wanted to postpone surgery and make an immediate return to the lineup. “I just want to try and play with it,” Aldridge told Yahoo Sports in a text message on Saturday afternoon. “We are having a good season and I want to keep it going. I’m going to try and play with it, if I can, and go from there.” Yahoo! Sports

The Blazers and Aldridge had planned a surgical procedure for torn ligaments in his thumb that would’ve sidelined him six to eight weeks, but Aldridge reported to the team’s practice facility on Saturday morning and informed the team trainer that he wanted to play, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The are no assurances of how effectively, or how long, Aldridge can play with the injury, but there’s belief in the Portland organization that the long-term risk of this decision is minimal. Aldridge would’ve been required to wear a splint even after returning from surgery, sources told Yahoo Sports, so allowing him to try playing now isn’t believed to hold significantly more consequences. Yahoo! Sports

Kris Humphries, the Washington Wizards forward who's in Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Saturday at the Moda Center, made it clear that he found Portland State's gym underwhelming. But the university seems to have gotten the last laugh. Considering Humphries is best-known in some circles for his short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian, we'd say the university's response was pretty tame compared to where they could have gone with it. Check out the exchange: Oregonian

January 23, 2015 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge needs surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six to eight weeks, the team announced Thursday night. Aldridge, 29, was hurt in the second quarter of Portland's 98-94 victory Monday against the Sacramento Kings. The 6-11 forward leads the Blazers (31-12) in averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. USA Today Sports

"In my opinion, surgery is the best thing to do in this situation; he will have the best long term results,'' said Dr. Steven Shin, an orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. "I don't doubt he will come back and play very well. There really shouldn't be any limiting factors in his play.'' Oregonian

January 22, 2015 Updates
January 21, 2015 Updates

Still: I found it interesting that after having heard very little San Antonio/Aldridge talk of any kind, ever, a bunch of unconnected higher-ups suddenly started mentioning it over the last two weeks. Someone said something to start the rumor mill churning, and the Blazers have always considered one of Aldridge’s home-state Texas teams the biggest threat to snag him away. San Antonio waited on a Kawhi Leonard extension precisely to hoard max cap space this summer in case both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire. Dallas could have max-level space, though it’d have to renounce several very good free agents to get it. Houston would need to cut some salary, but it also has the goods to put together a solid sign-and-trade offer if Aldridge makes it known he’d prefer to go there. Grantland

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