LaMarcus Aldridge Postpones Surgery on Thumb, Report

LaMarcus Aldridge Postpones Surgery on Thumb, Report

LaMarcus Aldridge postpones thumb surgery, will return to action ? Just two days after it was announced he would be having surgery on his injured thumb, Portland Trail Blazers forward is in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards.

The team gave no indication how long its star forward planned to postpone the procedure.

Aldridge’s decision may have been driven by Portland’s recent slide. The Blazers (30-13) have lost five of their last six games – the last two without Aldridge – to drop from second to a tie for third in the rugged Western Conference. An extended stretch without Aldridge could seriously impact Portland’s seeding for the playoffs.

Portland already is without two injured frontcourt starters. Centre Robin Lopez is out until February with a broken hand and forward Nicolas Batum of France has a wrist injury and will not play Saturday and perhaps longer.

Aldridge, 29, is sixth in the NBA at 23.2 points per game and 11th in rebounds at 10.2 per contest. He is one of just three players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and is expected to receive his fourth straight All-Star berth when the reserves are announced Thursday.

A free agent at the end of this season, Aldridge has spent his entire nine-year career with the Trail Blazers and ranks second in franchise history to Clyde Drexler in points and rebounds.