LaMarcus Aldridge’s season is not over just yet. The Trail Blazers’ All-Star power forward went through a practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle on March 27 and declared himself fit to play Friday against the Houston Rockets. “I feel better,” Aldridge said. “I went through practice today and (my ankle) was a little tender, but definitely something I can deal with. So I’m going to go tomorrow.” Aldridge, who has missed the last four Blazers games, went through all aspects of a practice that was geared toward testing his ailing ankle. Coach Terry Stotts pushed Aldridge and his teammates through several individual and group drills, including three-on-two, two-on-one and one-on-one offensive and defensive work. “He did a whole bunch of drills for me, basically,” Aldridge said, before adding, “everything felt good.” Aldridge rolled his right ankle during the first quarter of the Blazers’ 111-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday. He returned to play in that game, but when his ankle swelled and became tender to the touch the next day, Aldridge temporarily shut himself down. The 6-foot-11 power forward leads the Blazers in scoring (21.0 points per game) and blocks (88), ranks second in rebounding (8.9 per game) and ranks third in assists (182), and the team clearly missed his all-around presence — the Blazers did not win a game in his absence.
Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge will play Friday, says Greg Oden looks "good"
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