Blazers forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (hand), Nicolas Batum (back) OUT for 2nd half vs. Memphis

Kyle Korver, Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers started the second half of Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies without starting forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. Both were ruled out for the duration of the game.

Batum was held out of the second half with what the Blazers are calling “low back pain” and Aldridge was held out with a left hand injury. Of course, that’s the same hand that has a torn ligament in his thumb, which he elected to put off surgery for.

The Blazers trailed 53-44 at halftime. Aldridge scored 16 first half points and Batum was scoreless in the first half.

After three quarters, the Blazers trailed 77-62. The Blazers have lost three consecutive games and look on their way to losing their fourth barring a spectacular finish.


Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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