Trail Blazers all-star LaMarcus Aldridge sustained a hip flexor injury in last night’s practice. Though the severity of the injury is not yet known, it is believed that Aldridge will be sidelined for a significant amount of time.
Stotts on Aldridge’s hip injury: “It’s not a day-to-day thing. It’ll take a little time.”
— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) October 3, 2013
There was no contact involved in the damage. The moment of injury has been described as a “sniper shot.” With the regular season less than 4 weeks away, it is possible—if not likely—that LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the beginning of the season.
This puts a huge damper on Portland’s plans for early success. For better or worse, the offense is structured around Aldridge. This means that Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum, and Wesley Matthews will be called upon to pick up the slack and do most of the scoring.
There is, however, a silver lining to this. If Aldridge misses any games, new acquisition Thomas Robinson will draw the start at power forward. Although he is far from an Aldridge level player at this juncture, I am very excited to see what he can do with extended minutes.
Fortunately, the Blazers are still a very deep team, but now they lack one incredibly important facet of basketball on the court; veteran leadership. With seven seasons under his belt, Aldridge is the most senior starter for an otherwise young Blazer team. The rookies and sophomores will be expected to do a lot of growing in a short amount of time to make up for his absence.
More updates to follow as the situation develops.