Blazers F Aldridge helped off with ankle injury

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle early in Portland's game against 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 was not expected to return.

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.

Aldridge was averaging 23.3 points and 8.6 rebounds going into the game. He has reached double-figures in points in all of Portland's games this season.

Aldridge was named to his first All-Star game on Feb. 9, becoming the 15th Trail Blazer to be earn the honor. He has also been selected as one of 20 finalists for a spot on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team for the London Olympics.