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NBA Injury Analysis: Big-Name Injuries

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Bigs
The Trailblazers have been one of the few teams to avoid significant injury to their top rotation players this season. At the midpoint of the season the team had lost 40 games to injury, good enough to tie them with Sacramento for the sixth fewest games lost this year. The number is even more impressive when you consider that a majority of those games belonged to rookie CJ McCollum who missed 32 games while recovering from a foot fracture sustained in training camp. The overall health is a testament to the hard work put in by first year head athletic trainer Geoff Clark and his entire medical staff. Unfortunately even the best preventative care in the world can't completely stop injuries from occurring as three members of the Portland frontcourt are nursing injuries, none more important than Aldridge.

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