Loss Of LaMarcus Aldridge Will Keep Portland Trail Blazers Out Of Playoffs

By John Raffel
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The temporary loss of LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to mean permanent  damage for the Portland Trail Blazers‘ hopes of making the NBA playoffs.

The Blazers took another bad turn in their playoff hopes on Friday with a 105-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. They are 33-39 with only 10 games to play and would probably have to win all of them and be 43-39 to have an outside shot at the postseason.

Aldridge, arguably the team’s top player, injured an ankle in the Blazers’ loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and did not play against Utah on Friday. He was not expected to be with the team Saturday night at the Golden State Warriors and Monday at Utah.

That’s not good news at all.The Blazers badly need to beat the Jazz, a team it’s chasing for the final NBA West playoff spot. The Blazers are 3 ½ games away from the eighth spot which is currently shared by the Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aldridge has been playing at the top of his game lately. He was averaging 21.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots a game. It was among the best seasons of Aldridge’s career and may not be over yet, depending on when he is able to return. But with the Blazers fighting for their playoff lives, this isn’t a good time to lose one of their stars, especially with Aldridge having plenty of veteran experience. He might still have a chance to contribute if the rest of the team can come up with some key wins while he’s gone.

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