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LOS ANGELES – The Portland Trail Blazers held shootaround at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facilities in preparation for tonight’s exhibition game versus the Los Angeles Clippers and a familiar face made an appearance.
CJ McCollum, freshly removed from Wednesday's non-operative ultrasound procedure to heal a fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot, was present and all smiles.
“I’m just glad to be back,” he said after he shot some jumpers in a chair with a black boot on his foot.
McCollum went on to explain why he chose to have an ultrasound procedure this week in North Carolina rather than having surgery.
“I’ve been through this process, as you would know, and I’ve done a lot of independent research on my own," McCollum explained to CSNNW.com. "With the type of crack that I have, I didn’t think it was necessary to take that next step and have a surgical procedure. My doctor agreed and he thought it was for my best interest to not take that route right now. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next with this process.”
McCollum said this procedure, if goes well, will have him back on the court much sooner than if he had surgery. He says the severity of this break isn’t “anywhere of the magnitude” in which he broke his foot during his senior year at Lehigh University.
He began upper body lifting before he went in for his procedure to make sure that when he’s cleared, he’ll be able to jump right into the mix of the NBA season. After a 4-6 week period, he will be reevaluated and have an X-ray taken. He says he’s not sure what happens after that, but he knows he’ll be closer to playing again.
“I’m just trying to get through this period and if all goes right, I know that’ll be a good thing.”
LaMarcus Aldridge said his left knee isn’t serious and being out of the lineup tonight versus the Los Angeles Clippers is just a precautionary measure.
“You stretch and ice," he said. "It’s nothing serious, so you don’t really rehab. You just stretch a little bit more, try to help it tighten back up and just go from there.”
On Thursday, the All-Star had an MRI on his left knee and the results came back negative. Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday’s win over the Utah Jazz. He said there wasn’t an exact play that caused it. All he knows is that it got worse after the game.
The All-Star said once he arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday night, the knee got stiff on him and that’s when he decided to get it checked out.
“I just felt some discomfort," Aldridge said. "I didn’t know what it was…You want to be cautious right now. You don’t want to go into the season with anything nagging. That’s our goal right now.”
Aldridge says he doesn’t want to sit out the remainder of the preseason schedule and head coach Terry Stotts said Aldridge is at least out for these next two.
Nevertheless, it appears there’s really nothing to worry about. He just wants to go into the NBA season healthy.
-- Joel Freeland will start in place of LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) tonight versus the Clippers and Wesley Matthews is questionable with a thigh contusion. If Matthews isn’t able to go, expect Will Barton to get the start.
-- Nicolas Batum will make his return to the starting lineup after sitting out with a concussion.