LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) went through a full practice today. His availability for tomorrow’s home game against the Denver Nuggets has not been verified, but he should be considered probable for now. The same cannot be said Aldridge’s backup Thomas Robinson (patella strain). Robinson was unable to take part in today’s practice and should be considered questionable at best for tomorrow’s contest.
The Trail Blazers have missed Aldridge’s 23.9 points per game, but have found a way to thrive in his absence. During the five games Aldridge has missed so far, Portland boasts a 4-1 record. Damian Lillard has averaged 27.2 points since the All-Star break, and has been an absolute necessity in the five game stretch. If Aldridge is able to return tomorrow, expect Lillard’s production to drop mildly.
Robinson’s contributions to the shorthanded Blazers have been slightly overblown. His career best game against the Timberwolves on Sunday has overshadowed an otherwise pedestrian stint. I probably pull for his success more than I do any other individual Trail Blazer, but we have to be realistic. 14 points and 18 rebounds is still outside his norm, even with boosted minutes. His likely absence tomorrow means continued run for veteran forward Dorell Wright.