– The Portland Trail Blazers said that forward LaMarcus Aldridge has decided to put off thumb surgery and play Saturday night against Washington.

Aldridge said Thursday that he needed surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and was expected to miss from six to eight weeks.

But just hours before the game against the Wizards, the Blazers announced on Twitter that the three-time All-Star would play.

Aldridge hurt his thumb when his hand came down on the knee of Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins in the Blazers' 98-95 victory on Monday.

The 6-11 power forward leads Portland with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds and 1.18 blocks per game. He's one of only three NBA players averaging at least 23 points and 10 rebounds.

The injury was a big blow to the Blazers, already dealing with a depleted front line.

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