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Blazers lose Aldridge

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge left the Trail Blazers' 103-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with a left ankle sprain.

"This has gone past crazy," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "It's bad luck, or whatever, to continue to see our guys drop the way that we are. To walk into the locker room and see LaMarcus Aldridge in a boot -- not just a swollen ankle -- but a boot. It's a credit to these guys."

Aldridge left the court with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter. A short time later, guard Brandon Roy left the court during a timeout, presumably to check on Aldridge.

Aldridge was averaging 16.3 points and eight rebounds going into Wednesday night's game.

The Blazers have been beset by injuries this season. Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are out for the season, while forwards Nicolas Batum (shoulder), Travis Outlaw (left foot) and Rudy Fernandez (back) are all sitting with injuries.

"With injuries we are definitely snakebit. There is really no other word for it," Roy said. "It's frustrating but the biggest thing is that we are getting our big guys a lot of experience."