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Practice Report: Aldridge Has MRI, Batum Expects To Play

UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge underwent an MRI on his left knee Thursday in Los Angeles, which came back negative for damage. He will not play Friday night versus the Clippers.

The Trail Blazers took part in a light practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo on Thursday as they prepare to play the Clippers Friday night at Staples Center (7:30 PM tipoff on NBA TV and 620 AM). Nevertheless, there are two noteworthy items, both pertaining to injuries, to come from Terry Stotts’ brief comments to media.

– First and foremost, LaMarcus Aldridge missed Thursday’s practice with soreness in his left knee and was being examined by doctors somewhere in the Los Angeles area.

According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Aldridge was “pulled” in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s victory against the Jazz, though he eventually rejoined the team on the bench.

Stotts had no other details on the injury. Aldridge’s status for Friday’s game against the Clippers is unknown, though considering the caution the team has exercised with regard to injuries during preseason, it’s fair to assume he’ll only play if feeling 100 percent.

And for what it’s worth, Stotts said the starters and regular rotation players didn’t go through much activity aside from some light running and weight training anyway, so Aldridge likely wouldn’t have done much even if he had attended practice.

– The only regular-season starter who did go through practice was Nicolas Batum, who participated in four-on-four contact activity for the first time since suffering a concussion on October 8. Batum said after practice that he felt no lingering affects of the concussion that has kept him on the sidelines for all the first game of Portland’s preseason schedule. Batum still has to clear all of the NBA’s concussion protocols by a third-party doctor, but he’s optimistic he will be available for Friday’s game at Staples Center. If he is, Stotts said he would likely return to the starting lineup.