Some good news out of practice today: After missing the last four games with a sprained right ankle, LaMarcus Aldridge says he will play Friday night against the Rockets after going through a light practice with the team on Thursday.
"I'm doing my job," said Aldridge when asked about the possibility of sitting out the rest of the season. "I was hurt and now i feel healthy again, so I'm going to play."
Head coach Terry Stotts wasn't as definitive about Aldridge playing Friday, saying his status was still unchanged and that he would be reevaluated prior to the game against the Rockets, but the structure of Thursday's practice seemed to focus on making sure Aldridge was ready to go.
"(Stotts) did a whole bunch of drills for me," said Aldridge. "Basically we did 3-on-2, 2-on-1 for about 20 minutes that I think that was all for me. Then 1-on-1 drill, which was definitely for me. Then we did just movement drills, catching the ball, making moves, elbow, block. Everything felt good."
The Trail Blazers are in the midst of a six-game losing streak with with seven games remaining. And with six of those games being against Western Conference playoff teams, some have wondered whether the team will get another win before the season expires. That may or may not happen, but having Aldridge on the floor undoubtably improved Portland's chances of getting a W before the season ends on April 17.