Aldridge didn't make trip, Lillard's shoulder issue

Aldridge didn't make trip, Lillard's shoulder issue
April 1, 2013, 11:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY – It's official, Portland Trail Blazers two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge will not make the back end of the team's two-game road trip in Utah for Monday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

At shootaround this morning, Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts says after this trip, he'll see how Aldridge feels for the Memphis game this coming Wednesday.

He's getting treatment, he's working,” Stotts said. “He feels better but there is still some pain.”

Stotts says he expects Aldridge to play again this season.

Aldridge sprained his right ankle in a 111-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday at the Rose Garden. Friday night after a 105-95 defeat by the hands of the Jazz, a game Aldridge sat out, the Trail Blazers announced that their seven-year veteran would not travel with the team to Oakland and Salt Lake City.

Friday before the Jazz game, Aldridge told CSNNW.com his ankle was feeling worse than when he initially sustained the injury.

Before Saturday night's game against the Golden State Warriors, Stotts said Aldridge “may or may not” join the team in Utah, alluding that there was a possibility.

Aldridge has played in 69 games this season while posting averages of 21.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 blocks. The Trail Blazers have nine games remaining in the regular season and are four and a half games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.

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Damian Lillard was seen after shootaround noticeably grimacing with a ice bag wrapped around his right shoulder. Lillard said the injury occurred when he ran into a camera during the 104-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in late March.

Lillard said he has been treating it ever since and adds that he will play tonight.