VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge Takes Nasty Fall, Leaves Game Against Spurs With Back Contusion
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge took a nasty fall and had to be carried off the court in the third quarter of Portland’s game against the Spurs on Wednesday night, which you can see in the Vine above.
UPDATE 1/13/14 11:17 PM: The Blazers reported via twitter that LaMarcus Aldridge received an MRI, confirming the back contusion and that he would be out for the next two games before being reevaluated next week. That would put him out for Sunday at home against the Warriors in addition to Friday night against the Pelicans.
UPDATE 11:05 PM: Aldridge received an X-ray on his “back contusion” and they came back negative. So, I guess that means that nothing is broken which is always a good thing. We still have no prognosis from the team on how long he will be out.
UPDATE 8:21 PM: The Blazers PR tweeted that Aldridge has a “back contusion” and would not return. If you see the fall above, he landed square on his back.
Aldridge has been in a bit of a shooting slump lately but is Portland’s leading scorer and leading rebounder this season.
The play occurred when Aldridge hit a driving lay-up for his 13th and 14th point. He has had a rough go from the field as of late but went 6-for-11 against the Spurs.
We will update when more news becomes available.
CSNNW.com reported on their twitter that Aldridge was taken out of the AT&T Center in San Antonio on a wheelchair by Portland Director of Player Perfomance Chris Stackpole.
Photographer Bruce Ely of The Oregonian was apparently escorted out of the building in order to not get a picture of Aldridge exiting the building according to Ely’s twitter.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian describes the scene in the Blazers locker room, where Aldridge was in a training room and did not leave while the media where in there:
The only thing to gather from the situation was the mood inside that room, and the reaction of the people who came in, then out. It was far from grim. In fact, there were more smiles than anything.
Chris Stackpole, the team’s director of health and performance, and Brant Helms, the team’s equipment manager shared a good laugh inside the room. And when assistant Kim Hughes emerged, he had a crooked smile, hardly the look of a man burdened by worry.
Shortly after Hughes left, the team released a statement saying X-rays on his back were negative.
Here’s the rest of Quick’s story.
Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com writes:
“When a guy takes a a tough fall like that, when you’re airborne, you just don’t know what can happen you land,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “The longer he stayed down, you just don’t know.”
Aldridge did not return to the game, finishing the night with 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting and four rebounds. X-rays on his back came back negative, though his status for Friday night’s contest in New Orleans against the Pelicans is not yet know.
Check his game story here.