Blazers’ Aldridge to put thumb surgery on hold, will play vs. Wizards

The Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge will postpone surgery on his thumb ligament.

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The Trail Blazers say that forward LaMarcus Aldridge has decided to put thumb surgery on hold and play in Portland’s game Saturday night against the Washington Wizards.

Aldridge announced on Thursday that he would need surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and was expected to miss from six to eight weeks.

But just hours before the game against the Wizards the Blazers announced on Twitter that the three-time All-Star would play.

Aldridge hurt his thumb when his hand came down on the knee of Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in the second quarter of the Blazers’ 98-95 victory over the Kings on Monday night.

Aldridge leads Portland with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds and 1.18 blocks per game. He’s one of just three NBA players averaging at least 23 points and 10 rebounds.