The Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Not only were the Blazers stunned by a 124-109 loss as the Wizards picked up just their third road win of the season, but they also saw a key player leave the game early with an apparent ankle injury.
Ben Golliver at Blazer's Edge relays the information that forward LaMarcus Aldridge left the game at 10:08 in the fourth quarter, when he was undercut by Trevor Booker while going up for a jumper. Aldridge stayed down, looking to be in a lot of pain, but was able to walk off the court on his own.
Aldridge had his ankle X-rayed shortly after leaving the court. The X-rays came back negative, but it was announced that the Portland star had suffered a left ankle sprain and would not return to the game.
Aldridge has been a key component of the Trail Blazers offense this season, averaging 23.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He was recently named to his first All-Star Game, so hopefully he will be able to return to action in time to appear in Orlando on Feb. 26.