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In a surprising turn of events, the Portland Trail Blazers announced today that starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb, has opted to forgo surgery, at least temporarily, and play in tonight’s game versus the Washington Wizards at the Moda Center. ForwardCenter.net
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey stated in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that it was possible Aldridge could play through the injury, which he sustained trying to strip a ball from DeMarcus Cousins during Portland’s 98-94 victory versus the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 19, though Aldridge said after undergoing a secondary MRI and consulting with two hand specialists that he would opt for surgery. ForwardCenter.net
His decision to remain in the lineup is a crucial for the Blazers as they fight for playoff positioning in the Western Conference while already dealing with injuries to several frontcourt players. Center Robin Lopez (fractured right hand) and his primary backup Joel Freeland (strained right shoulder) are still recovering from injuries. While starting small forward Nicolas Batum has been dealing with knee and wrist injuries all season and is listed as doubtful for tonight's game against Washington. Oregonian
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has set an NBA record for the highest-scoring quarter in league history, getting 37 in the third against the Sacramento Kings. The All-Star hopeful made all 13 of his shots, including nine from 3-point range, and both of his free throws in the quarter Friday night. AP
Here are video highlights of Warriors guard Klay Thompson going crazy and scoring 37 points in one quarter (the third quarter) Friday night at home in Golden State against the Sacramento Kings. He set an NBA record for the most points in a single quarter. Inside Hoops
And to think the Warriors actually entertained thoughts of trading Thompson last summer for Kevin Love and others (Steve Kerr‘s best move since joining the franchise as coach might very well be his push back on those trade ideas … from one shooter to another). Resisting the urge to do something dramatic has paid off handsomely for the Warriors, who sit atop the Western Conference standings and along with the blazing-hot Atlanta Hawks, form the most surprising 1-2 punch of league leadership at this stage of the season that I’ve seen in all my years covering the NBA. NBA.com Blog
Dwyane Wade has asked the NBA to further improve the ways it protects players from the most unruly of fans, making that request during the league's brief investigation of his incident with the crowd in Charlotte on Wednesday night. "The NBA is an unbelievable league, and I'm one of the first ones to be doing NBA Cares and all these things in the community, but they need to protect us a little more," Wade told The Associated Press. "They need to do a better job of protecting players in the arena. It's open game on us. We're big boys, we can take it, but everyone has their breaking point." AP
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said players and coaches hear plenty of negativity from the crowd, though he's learned to laugh at some of it — like the time in New York when a fan told the youthful-looking Spoelstra that he needed to go to bed because it was a school night. AP
"Players are humans and some of the things that fans say does cross the line," Spoelstra said. "It doesn't give you the right to snap back at them with some kind of response but it's usually at an emotional time. ... A handful of times a year you hear it and you see it where they've crossed the line and what it requires is you being the better person and not responding." AP
The Hawks announced a sellout crowd of 19,203 for Friday night’s win over the Thunder. It was the sixth announced sellout in the past eight games for the franchise. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer led his postgame press conference with remarks about the spirit of the Philips Arena crowd. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Boston Celtics have signed guard Andre Dawkins to a 10-day contract, and have assigned him to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League. Dawkins, a 6’5” guard, appeared in 11 contests for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and averaged a team-high 22.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 36.5 minutes per game, while connecting on .510 (53-104) of his shot attempts from beyond the arc. Inside Hoops
It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower when the Mamba isn't on the court. FYI -- Staples Center is located right next to L.A. Live ... a major entertainment center packed with restaurants often trafficked by people before and after events at the arena. But with Kobe going down with a torn rotator cuff, several restaurant staffers tell us everyone is going to suffer. TMZ
The ever-improving Artsiom Parakhouski was unstoppable on Friday in leading Nizhny Novgorod to a historic 109-90 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul. The dominance of the first-year center also netted Parakhouski bwin MVP honors for Top 16 Round 4. He was Nizhny's top scorer with a season-high 27 points and racked up a performance index rating of 37, which was the most of any player in the Top 16 to date this season. Parakhouski was extremely efficient; he made 11 of 14 shots and was perfect in 5 trips to the foul line. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Last week's bwin MVP Nando De Colo starred again as CSKA Moscow routed Unicaja Malaga 101-74. EuroCupBasketball
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