Fantasy basketball owners will have to make due without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge for at least the next two games.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced Thursday that their leading scorer will be sidelined until next week at the earliest after sustaining a back contusion in Wednesday’s game vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge hit the ground hard last night and it didn’t look pretty. He was writhing in pain and witnesses say he was being carted around in a wheelchair later that evening.
X-rays were performed and came up negative. The Blazers — and Aldridge’s fantasy basketball owners — have to be breathing a sigh of relief that nothing more serious came of this brutal fall:
By sitting out until “next week”, it guarantees that Aldridge will miss at least the next two games — at New Orleans on Friday and then a home matchup vs. the Warriors on Sunday. The earliest he’d be able to play would be on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.
While owners are without Aldridge and his 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds, they should be adding his replacements off their league’s waiver wire.
Thomas Robinson (0.5 percent owned on ESPN.com) may still come off the bench, as he did last time Aldridge was out, but he is still the most intriguing pickup.
While he was limited to just one point and five rebounds in 11 minutes on Wednesday, that could be due to the fact that the Blazers were trailing most of the game. Robinson, the former No. 1 pick of the Sacramento Kings, averaged 7.0 points and 8.8 boards during the five games Aldridge missed with a groin injury at the end of February.
Dorell Wright is another player to consider. Wright, who is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues, started when Aldridge was sidelined earlier, and should continue to do so. He scored 10 points with six boards on Wednesday and has the ability to pile on the 3-pointers, hitting 2.6 treys per 36 minutes this season.
The Blazers also announced Sixth Man Mo Williams will miss up to two weeks with a right hip sprain.
Williams is a key part of Portland’s second unit and will be sorely missed. The 11th-year pro is averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.
Rookie C.J. McCollum is the best player to add if you’re looking for some upside. Williams missed three games from Feb.7-11, and McCollum filled in admirably, scoring 14.3 points and making seven 3-pointers.
C.J. McCollum is available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues.