Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge out again on Tuesday against Nuggets

Feb 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) moves to the basket guarded by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Trail Blazers defeated the Wolves 117-110. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Heading out of the All-Star break, the Portland Trail Blazers were expected to be without LaMarcus Aldridge for approximately a week as a result of a groin strain. The team got a bit of encouraging news on Tuesday morning, but despite that, it looks as if Aldridge will be on the sidelines when the Blazers and Nuggets tip-off this evening.

Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest reports that Aldridge has, in fact, rejoined the team, but he will be missing this game as result of lingering groin issues. This will be the fourth consecutive game where Portland has been without their best player, but they’ve managed to stay afloat, winning 2 out of the 3 games despite some lackluster competition in Minnesota and Utah.

Aldridge has been a legitimate MVP candidate this season, averaging a robust 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, and it’s frankly a good thing that the schedule opened up for Portland when it did since they are a completely different team in his absence. It wouldn’t be a stretch to expect Aldridge to be ready to go when the Blazers return home against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, but nothing is set in stone with a lingering soft-tissue injury.

Topics: Denver Nuggets, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

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