LaMarcus Aldridge shocked the NBA by playing in the Portland Trail Blazers’ Saturday night win over the Washington Wizards, just days after the team announced he needed a thumb surgery that would sideline him six to eight weeks.
He’s going to continue to play through the injury as long as he can, but the team believes that if he puts the surgery off until the offseason, it could keep him out through the start of training camp.
Although Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament, a specialist in the field said he could now be facing a recovery that will take twice as long — up to three or four months.
And if the Blazers reach the conference finals, or the NBA Finals, his recovery could extend into training camp, which typically opens around October 1.
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