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Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (back) to return tonight vs. Hawks

LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging career-highs in scoring average and rebounds. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly is seeking a trade despite Portland's offseason additions. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to play tonight against the Atlanta Hawks after missing the last seven games with a back injury.

Aldridge has not played since March 12 after he took a hard fall in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He has also missed time earlier this season with a groin strain. Via Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Aldridge admitted he still isn't back to 100 percent health.

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“It's (running) still not normal but hopefully by tonight, I'll be used to it or I'll be fine,” he said. “We'll see what happens tonight or how I'll look.”

Aldridge is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds in 60 games this season. His team has been struggling lately, going 3-7 in its last 10 games, including a 3-4 mark without Aldridge in the lineup.

The Blazers are currently fifth in the Western Conference standings, but there are four teams within two games of them with less than a month left in the regular season.

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