It’s never a good day when your best player sits out practice because of an injury. It’s even worse when it happens to be a problem with a knee injury.
This doesn’t sound too good for the Portland Trailblazers. Not at all.
Aldridge left the game in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and returned to the bench with ice. He’ll probably end up receiving an MRI.
The Blazers forward suffered from a “minor” quad strain earlier this month, but knee pain seems to be more serious than that.
Freeman also tweeted that Aldridge’s availability for the Blazers next preseason game on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers will depend on the results of his examination, obviously.
Batum was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a bad fall in practice last week. He passed his final concussion test on Monday and returned to the practice court for non-contact and shooting drills on Tuesday. It appears that Batum has gotten passed the huge concussion hurdles and looks like he is back to health.
That has to be at least some good news for Blazer fans.
Either way, more should be known on Aldridge later this week. I’d be shocked if the Blazers didn’t hold Aldridge out of Friday’s game for precaution, alone.