Will Blazers Shut Down Aldridge?
(LaMarcus) Aldridge’s hip had been scrutinized by two specialists before Tuesday, the most recent on March 28, when he underwent what the team labeled a “precautionary” magnetic resonance imaging test. The results were negative and Aldridge played 36 minutes the following night against the New Orleans Hornets, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-93 victory.
But the pain has lingered. And after Houston dealt the Blazers’ already-slim playoff hopes a virtual death blow Monday night, Aldridge and his agent, Thad Foucher, requested that Aldridge visit Phillipon for a third medical opinion.
Aldridge did not practice with the Blazers on Tuesday afternoon and he’s listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Regardless of the outcome of his visit with Phillipon, it seems fair to wonder: Should Aldridge just shut it down for the rest of the season?