Batum, Aldridge out vs Grizzlies

Batum, Aldridge out vs Grizzlies
April 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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TUALATIN -- The Portland Trail Blazers will be extremely undermanned for Wednesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden.

LaMarcus Aldridge will sit out his fourth consecutive game and Nicolas Batum will join him, as well.

Aldridge has been out due to a right ankle sprain he sustained in a 111-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets exactly one week ago. Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts says Aldridge is still not there yet and his All-Star wants to get in a full practice before he returns to live games.

Batum hurt his right shoulder in Sunday night's 112-102 loss to the Utah Jazz. The small forward has condition called plexopathy, causing weakness in his arm. Batum took an MRI and X-ray yesterday and results came back negative.

No surgery will be required, just rest.

The injury is in the same location where Batum tore his labrum during his rookie season, though it is not connected to that injury. Batum said he has been advised by the doctor who performed his last surgery that he needed to come back when he's at 100 percent.

Batum says he's currently 50-60 percent, sounding as if he may be done for the season.

I got a little weakness,” Batum said. “I feel like my shoulder is 35 pounds and I have no strength in my arm. I don't really have pain. I got pain a little bit, but not that bad. I feel like I can't even use it (his arm).”

The Trail Blazers have eight games remaining in the season and they are four and a half games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings. asked Batum that if the playoffs were still in play, would he be playing.

Maybe, I don't know,” he said. “I can't say yes because my arm is real weak right now."

Both Batum and Aldridge will be reevaluated further Thursday morning before practice.

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The mother of Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams, Delois, passed away this morning. Stotts says the organization has told Williams to take as much time away as he needed.