The Portland Trail Blazers have relied quite a bit on LaMarcus Aldridge this season, but their All-Star power forward went down with an ankle injury too early in Tuesday night's game to make a difference. That unfortunately may have been the difference, too, as the Blazers dropped what should have been a winnable game to the Washington Wizards.
Aldridge was shooting a jumper early in the first quarter when Wizards forward Trevor Booker stepped under him, causing the Blazers All-Star to fall to the ground while clutching his ankle. It's tough to tell if it was actually intended to be a dirty play, but announcers in the video posted over at Blazer's Edge certainly weren't fans of the incident.
The team announced that X-Rays on Alridge's ankle were negative, meaning nothing is broken, but sprains have been known to be equally painful.
There hasn't been an exact diagnosis on how bad this one is, but it was decided Tuesday night that Aldridge wouldn't be traveling with the team for their game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.