A strained wrist, all things considered, is a fairly minor injury. But when that strained wrist resides on the shooting arm of your franchise player, it takes on a bit more significance.
So it's good to hear LaMarcus Aldridge say his right wrist he strained in Monday night's loss to the Hawks, while still sore, is much improved after practice on Thursday.
"It's better," said Aldridge. "It's a little tender still but it's definitely better than it was yesterday."
Aldridge was almost a late scratch prior to Tuesday's game against the Kings in Sacramento due to that sore wrist, though Aldridge eventually played through the pain to help Portland to a 103-86 victory. He was in viable pain for much of the first half, turning in his second-worst shooting night of the young season, though he was managed to finish with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks despite the pain never really going away.
"It's hard because it's my right hand and I do everything with it," said Aldridge when asked if he was able to block out the pain caused by his wrist Tuesday night. "As you all know, I don't go left (laughs), so it's definitely more dramatic for me. But I think today was good for me."
Aldridge confirmed that he will in fact play in Friday night's game against the Rockets at the Rose Garden, which is no surprise considering he gutted it out when the pain was significantly worse Tuesday night. But when the difference between winning and losing is so dependent on one player, there's no such thing as being too sure.
"I practiced. It felt, like, tender but not overly bad," said Aldridge. So I should be good by tomorrow."