In a 103-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, Portland Trail Blazers’ star power forward was limited to just 21 minutes.
Aldridge took a shot early in the third quarter of the game and ran into Aaron Baynes of the Spurs. Aldridge went crashing to the ground, landing right on his lower back. After being down for some time, Blazers’ teammates and trainers helped Aldridge to the locker room.
Early indications were that Aldridge had a lower back contusion and x-rays on his back came back negative.
After further evaluation, the Blazers have decided to hold Aldridge out for at least two more games and reevaluate the injury after that.
MRI confirms a low back contusion for Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s expected to miss the next 2 games & will be reevaluated next week.
— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) March 13, 2014
Aldridge has been fantastic for the Blazers this season, averaging 23.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.
The Blazers, however, are in a funk, having lost four straight games, so they cannot afford to lose their best player for an extended period of time.