LaMarcus Aldridge's Return Not Enough To Save Portland Trail Blazers

By John Raffel
Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Spo

It was fun for the Portland Trail Blazer fans to see LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup following an injury. They missed him in a major way and their 33-43 record is due, in large part, to his absence. The team has not been the same without him

But even in his return on Friday, against the Houston Rockets, Aldridge, despite being on top of his game, wasn’t able to give the Trail Blazers that elusive win. Aldridge played like he hadn’t missed a game and was incredibly impressive.

However, the Rockets had too much firepower in posting a 116-98 NBA victory.

Portland fans could take comfort in Aldridge’s return, but their team’s collapse late in the season remains a major disappointment. They appeared to be headed to the playoffs.

They’ve sustained a losing streak which has put them out of the playoff picture. They also will finish under .500.

All that’s left is for Aldridge and his teammates to remind the fans and the rest of the NBA that this has been a special season for various reasons. Aldridge put on a show again for the Rockets in 40 minutes of solid action. He was 12-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line for 32 points and brought down 13 rebounds. He continues to be a very reliable shooter and the most dangerous Blazer on the court.

The Blazers have six games left and if Aldridge can keep playing that way, he’s going to provide some more excitement before the season ends. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to showcase his talents in the playoffs.

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