Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge said his return after deciding to put off thumb surgery "wasn't a one-game thing."
Aldridge said he had an appointment scheduled for Tuesday to repair a ligament in his left (non-shooting) thumb before deciding to play in Saturday's game vs. the Washington Wizards. The Trail Blazers won 103-96 and Aldridge played 36 minutes, scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Trail Blazers were scheduled to play the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday before the game was postponed.
"This wasn't a one-game thing," Aldridge said. "Once I said I was going to try, then I was back. And if it became too much, then I was going to have surgery. ... So as of now, I'm back. But if I get it whacked or if something happens where I can't tolerate it and I'm not playing at a good enough level to help the team, then I'll have surgery. But as of now, I think they have done a good job of protecting it, so I'm back for the season and then I'll just have surgery in the offseason."
Aldridge, 29, leads the Trail Blazers with 23.3 points per game -- a career-high -- and 10.2 rebounds per game. He will enter unrestricted free agency after this season, but has repeatedly indicated he would like to remain in Portland.
- Mike Fiammetta