LaMarcus Aldridge took questions from the media prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Spur at the Moda Center regarding the left groin strain that will keep him sidelined for at least the next week. Aldridge said that the groin had been nagging at him for a while, and that he and the team came to the conclusion that trying to get healthy now was the best approach.
“We’re just being cautious right now,” said Aldridge. “We all talked about it and I think it’s just the best thing to do right now.”
The 6-11 power forward said that, while he’s been feeling discomfort in his groin since at least Feb. 8, the pain never got to the level where he felt as though he needed to sit out, at least a full game.
“Really didn’t start feeling it until maybe Minnesota game, but it wasn’t really bad ever,” said Aldridge. “Then it was just kind of nagging. It gets worse at night after I play. We just looked at it and (rest) is what we’re going to do.”
Aldridge said that he can’t run and jump for at least a week, which is when he’ll be reevaluated. While there’s no guarantee he’ll be cleared to play when he’s checked out again on Tuesday, he said he doesn’t think the injury is all that bad, as he was able to play in back-to-back games before the All-Star break.
“If I could play these last two games (versus the Thunder and Clippers) then maybe,” said Aldridge when asked if he was worried about the injury being more serious, “but not now. I played in those games and it’s just trying to make sure it’s nothing lingering later on.”
As for whether he should have played in the All-Star Game, Aldridge said the combination of having a few days off before the game and the lackadaisical nature of the exhibition left him with no regrets about playing in New Orleans.
“I had just played in that back-to-back and I was fine, maybe a little sore,” said Aldridge. “I had two or three days to rest going into that game and I played like 14, 15 minutes, so it wasn’t like it was highly competitive game.”
The Trail Blazers will have to make some serious adjustments with Aldridge joining Meyers Leonard (left ankle sprain) and Joel Freeland (right MCL sprain) on the bench, but Aldridge thinks his team is up to the task.
“I think guys are going to step up,” said Aldridge. “We have a lot of guys that’s been wanting an opportunity, a lot of guys that can take their games to the next level and have a bigger role. I think guys are going to play well.”