It was determined that LaMarcus Aldridge would miss 6-to-8 weeks with a thumb injury that required surgery, but apparently Aldridge is postponing that surgery in order to play tonight.
LaMarcus Aldridge tested thumb with splint and decided to play again, league source tells Yahoo. For now, surgery set aside. Surprising turn
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 24, 2015
Aldridge is trying to help the Blazers–losers of five of their last six–find a way to win and stay afloat in the Western Conference. But is there an ulterior motive for Aldridge?
Zach Lowe says he might be financially interested in playing:
Worth nothing as an aside — and I mean just as an aside — that LMA has a $250K bonus that kicks in if he makes the All-Star team.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 24, 2015
Being tough or padding his wallet? Either way, Aldridge is in action tonight.