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It was only a matter of time before the Blazers lost a starter to injury, it’s a long season so these things are bound to happen, but it is unfortunate that the injury had to be sustained by LaMarcus Aldridge while preparing to take on the always rugged San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge has suffered a groin injury and will be reevaluated in a week to see if he should go back to playing or should perhaps seek out further medical attention. During that week, the Blazers have notable match ups against the Spurs and the Timberwolves. Both of those teams have some of the best power forwards in the league in Tim Duncan and Kevin Love. It would normally be the task of Aldridge to lock these men down, but while he is out Thomas Robinson will have to prove he is a worthy defender and will be leaned on to limit the scoring of the bigs.
Robin Lopez will always be forced to fly around the court more than what he normally needs to, but it’s nothing that he has not had to do before. Another set back the team is facing is the absence of Meyers Leonard as well as Joel Freeland. Leonard is far from a lock down defender, but the longer he is unable to play, the slower it will take for the 2nd year big to develop, and Freeland is by far the Blazers most improved player from last year. His benching will be felt.
While the challenge has just been made a little tougher with the loss of LA, there is no reason the team can’t rise above it and put together a nice little win streak. Scoring is never an issue with this team, but it will be a group effort to make up for the loss on the defensive end of the court. Their first test will begin tonight, as they host the Spurs at the Moda Center.