Aldridge, who was named to the Western Conference All-Star team Thursday, has exploded offensively in his last two games, totaling 75 points and 22 rebounds, but the Blazers were unable to win either game. He also kicked in two assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes Friday. The Blazers will move forward to face the Bucks Saturday.
The reserves for both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star squads were announced Thursday.
In the East,
In the West,
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be played in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.
Aldridge shot 13-23 from the field, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. He sunk all 10 of his free throws, finishing with a team-high 38 points. Aldridge was active on the boards as well, pulling down 11 rebounds. He also added two blocks and two assists during the contest.
After opting not to have surgery on his injured thumb,
As long as Aldridge does not further damage the torn ligament in his thumb and he's playing effectively, he said he plans on playing for the rest of the season, reports NBCSports.
"Once I said I was going to try, then I was back. And if it became too much, then I was going to have surgery. So as of now, I'm back," Aldridge said. "But if I get it whacked or if something happens where I can't tolerate it and I'm not playing at a good enough level to help the team, then I'll have surgery. But as of now, I think they have done a good job of protecting it, so I'm back for the season and then I'll just have surgery in the offseason."
As good as it was to see
The good news is, Aldridge probably can't make the injury much worse than it is by playing through it. He'll be sporting a brace on the thumb while he plays through it, and will likely put off surgery until the offseason. Watching him go for 26 points in his first game back should make his Fantasy owners happy, but Aldridge is going to be a risk for the rest of the season, whether because of re-injury or just subpar performance. He will have to tolerate the pain in the thumb and figure out how to keep his jumper pinpoint, which could bring additional complications.
If you can, now might be the time to trade Aldridge. Other owners in your league might have similar concerns about him, but there is always going to be one person willing to overlook that for the chance that Aldridge can carry their team to the playoffs. You shouldn't sell low on Aldridge for whatever you can get, but if someone is willing to part with another elite player -- a Damian Lillard or Kyle Lowry -- and perhaps an additional piece, it might be worth it for the peace of mind alone.
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