Time To Shut Down Aldridge?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/11/2012 11:25 AM

    Joe Freeman of the Oregonian brought of this question today.
     "My body is pretty beat up," Aldridge said. "I'm definitely not getting any better. But I haven't said anything about it."
     Aldridge's hip had been scrutinized by two specialists before Tuesday, the most recent on March 28, when he underwent what the team labeled a "precautionary" magnetic resonance imaging test. The results were negative and Aldridge played 36 minutes the following night against the New Orleans Hornets, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-93 victory.
    Which brings us to the question: Should the Trail Blazers just shut him down?
     With eight games left, the Blazers (27-31) trail the Denver Nuggets (31-26) and Dallas Mavericks (31-26) by 4 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, so a postseason berth is all but impossible. For weeks, fans and local pundits have been calling for the Blazers to scale back the play of known commodities such as Aldridge and point guard Raymond Felton in favor of young, relatively unknown players such as forward J.J. Hickson and rookie point guard Nolan Smith.
    Chad Buchanan weighs in-
     "We're going to keep the door open for that if that's what it comes to," interim general manager Chad Buchanan said of shutting Aldridge down. "That is a possibility. I wouldn't rule it out. You hope it doesn't come to that, but it is a possibility depending on what the doctors feel."
    And once a decision is made on Aldridge, the conversation could move onto other players as well-
     Starting small forward Nicolas Batum, who missed Monday night's game because of tendinitis in his left quad, has been playing with tendinitis in his knees for weeks. He's listed as day-to-day. Center Joel Przybilla, who missed one game with a sprained right knee, has been playing with a variety of ailments.
    The scary thing for Aldridge is this hip pain is not a one-time ordeal for the franchise big man-
     Hip pain is nothing new for Aldridge, which may explain his desire to seek a third medical opinion about his condition. In 2005, as a freshman at the University of Texas, Aldridge had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip. And last season, on Jan. 24, Aldridge underwent an MRI on his right hip after experiencing pain during a game.
    And just today, Chris Haynes had a report about LA's visit to Colorado-
    Chad Buchanan said doctors saw slight abnormalities in LaMarcus Aldridge's checkup in Vail CO. and he's listed as day-to-day.
    This is LaMarcus Aldridge's right hip, in college he had surgery on his left hip. Incidents are unrelated.
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 04/11/2012 11:26 AM

    yes no playoffs in sight time to let him rest
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  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 04/11/2012 2:08 PM

    let him rest and move up the draft ladder a couple spots.
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  1. Tiki Kienle
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    Posted 04/11/2012 3:08 PM

    Call it a season. 

    Thanks Felton for your wonderful gameplay. 
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 04/11/2012 4:47 PM

    YES! YES! YES! oh and YES!
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 04/11/2012 6:00 PM

    yup shut batum down, work out his upper body before olympics, rest his knees
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 04/11/2012 6:00 PM

    yup shut batum down, work out his upper body before olympics, rest his knees
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 04/11/2012 6:02 PM

    starters- flynn, mathews, babbit, hickson, thabeet
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/11/2012 11:39 PM

    Hickson is playing outstanding basketball. We're not off by much without LaMarcus right now. I'd leave it up to L.A., if he feels like he's ready to bang, open the gates for him.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
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