According to Portland Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl, Head Coach Terry Stotts is unsure if LaMarcus Aldridge will travel with the team for tomorrow’s stint in Denver. Either way, it is highly unlikely that Aldridge will suit up to compete. He is scheduled for re-evaluation in the coming days to determine his progress in recovering from a groin injury.
Terry Stotts says Leonard (left ankle) will not travel with the the team to Denver, though he wasn’t sure if Aldridge (groin) would
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) February 24, 2014
Holdahl also notes that backup center Meyers Leonard will stay in Portland. Leonard is one week into recovery for a left ankle sprain that had an initial timeline of 2-3 weeks. This means that we will continue to see heavy doses of Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson. Robinson had the best game of his career last night, scoring 14 points and hauling in 18 rebounds.
The Nuggets are without would-be starting center JaVale McGee, who had season ending surgery on Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia. Aside from Mozgov the MozGod, Denver lacks size in the frontcourt as well. Portland has been very fortunate that each team they have faced without Aldridge (Spurs, Jazz, Timberwolves) has been missing a marquee big man (Duncan, Favors, Pekovic).
Aldridge could return as soon as Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, who are without their big man (Brook Lopez) as well. His presence will be more important than ever in the coming weeks, as Leonard rests his ankle and Joel Freeland recovers from an MCL sprain. In the meantime, enjoy the extra playing time for Thomas Robinson.