A quiet day at the team’s facility in Tualatin with the Trail Blazers holding practice at home for the first time since leaving for a five-game road trip on March 6. Not too much to report other than Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts saying that LaMarcus Aldridge, who suffered a lower back contusion in the March 12 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio, will be out for Tuesday’s game against the Bucks at the Moda
Center. Stotts also said Aldridge will likely be questionable for the upcoming game on Thursday against the Wizards.
“We’d like to get him back as soon as he’s ready,” said Stotts, “but we want to make sure he’s ready to go. When he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”
The initial prognosis was that Aldridge would sit out the games against the Pelicans and Warriors, after which he would be re-evaluated. Aldridge only stopped using crutches Sunday and has not practiced since the injury, so news that he will miss his third-consecutive game and possibly another after that is not all that surprising.
“I landed on my right side on my back,” Aldridge said at the team’s shootaround in New Orleans last Friday. “When you walk, the back on your right side moves, so it was just painful. That’s why I’m not back walking yet because I have that contusion on the right side of my back, which makes it painful to walk.”
The Trail Blazers are 5-2 this season with Aldridge on the bench. He missed five games immediately following the All-Star break with a strained left groin. Dorell Wright has started in Aldridge’s place in those seven games and is averaging 8.9 points on 54 percent shooting from the field and 52 percent shooting from three, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a starter.