The three-time All-Star spoke before Portland's game against the
Aldridge hurt his thumb when his hand came down on the knee of Sacramento's
"I've definitely sprained my thumb a few times, but this was on a different level," he said. "I couldn't even move it."
The 6-foot-11 power forward had X-rays immediately following the injury but they were inconclusive. An MRI early Thursday revealed a radial collateral ligament tear.
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
The injury is a big blow to the Blazers, who were already dealing with a depleted front line. Center
Portland was 31-12 and sitting in second place in the Western Conference behind
"It's tough, we've been in a pretty good rhythm most of the season," Aldridge said. "We've lost guys a lot this season — this is a totally different season from last year — but we have a lot of guys here who can step up and play better, and make plays. So I think the team shouldn't stall, we're going to get guys back soon, so that should be good for us."