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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle early in Portland's loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Aldridge let out a yell and fell to the floor after landing on Trevor Booker's foot less than two minutes into the first quarter.

The Blazers said X-rays on the ankle were negative, but he did not return and will not travel with the team to Golden State on Wednesday.

"I'm going to get back as soon as I can!" Aldridge wrote on his Twitter account after the game.

The crowd in the Rose Garden was silent while Aldridge was lying on the floor, but let out an audible groan as the replay was shown. After a couple minutes, Aldridge was helped off the floor by teammates and athletic trainer Jay Jensen.

Blazers owner Paul Allen looked in on Aldridge while he was getting treatment, according to Blazers' broadcasting.

Without Aldridge, the Blazers struggled, falling 124-109 to the Wizards.

"I think when he went down the life went out of us," center Marcus Camby said. "It's sad but true."
http://www.nba.com/2012/news/02/15/blazers-aldridge.ap/index.html
 
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