A night after getting bruised by the Grizzlies, the Portland Trail Blazers (42-23) are still searching for their first win on this grueling road-trip. The next stop was back to Texas in San Antonio to face a well oiled and practically flawless Spurs team (48-16). The last time these two teams met the Spurs were without much of their starting five, and the Blazers managed to hang on late. This time around, the Blazers were in the crossfire as the Spurs took no mercy, sticking to their game plan with ease. The Blazers stood no chance, as they fell behind as much as 17-points and faltered to lose 103-90.
Only adding salt to the growing wound, LaMarcus Aldridge fell hard on his lower back/hip and never returned. His status for Friday’s game is still uncertain but it was a crushing blow.
Portland got off to an absolutely awful start, going 0-5 from the field and wanted to rather watch the Spurs execute their passing game as spectators. After the first timeout, San Antonio was up 12-4 with everything going their way. Sure Portland got some good looks at the rim but nothing was falling nor were the big guys getting after offensive rebounds, the Spurs took that away as well and once their three-point stroke was clicking, the Blazers whimpered in the corner. The first half ended when the Spurs called an out-of-bounds play which found a wide-open Boris Diaw for three, and the AT&T Center was rolling up 56-40.
The second half started with promise of easier offense but the Blazers took another big hit when Aldridge went down straight on his back after hitting an and-1. He appears to really smack his tailbone on the floor, while the back of his head kisses the court. Normally if this was “getting the wind knocked out” moment it would take a few breaths to hop back up, but Aldridge was down for a long time. Eventually Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright had to help him walk to the locker room, where the team announced he suffered a “back contusion” and his availability for Friday in New Orleans is in doubt. The Blazers were also without Mo Williams, as he hurt his hip last night in Memphis.
With Aldridge out, the Blazers fought hard for their fallen leader and actually cut the lead down to eight, but the Spurs got back on top of the mountain. The lead got back to double digits, then 17 and soon it was over early.
LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE INJURY
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Take a break to enjoy this sweet jam from Damian Lillard in traffic.
Hope for the best for Aldridge and sent him our well wishes for a speedy recovery. We might not get the Anthony Davis-Aldridge matchup on Friday but the Blazers went 4-1 when Aldridge sat down a few weeks ago. Portland will try to get their first win on the last game of this road-trip.