Blazers take on Warriors without Aldridge

The Portland Trail Blazers will be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge tonight when they square off with the surging Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

Aldridge sprained his left ankle early in Portland's 124-109 home loss to Washington last night. X-rays were negative but Aldridge, the Blazers' leading scorer (22.6 points per game) and rebounder (8.3), did not travel with the team to California.

"I'm going to get back as soon as I can!" Aldridge Tweeted after the game.

Nicolas Batum led the Blazers against the Wizards with 33 points and Gerald Wallace had 25 in Portland's fourth loss in five games. Marcus Camby recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds in Portland's first three-game losing streak at home since March 29- April 6, 2008.

"They just outworked us," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "Somewhere along the line, pride has to show up. We just looked like we were waiting for someone to rescue us, and we have to do that ourselves."

The Warriors come in having won three straight after Monday's 102-96 triumph over Phoenix. David Lee finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds in that one as Golden State snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Suns.

Monta Ellis chipped in 18 points and Klay Thompson netted 10 for Golden State, which has won three straight for the first time this season. Nate Robinson was a spark off the bench, scoring nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.

"I told them at halftime, the old Warrior team would be down 15-20 points because their defense wouldn't have kept them in the game," Golden State head coach Mark Jackson said. "In spite of us missing shots, our defense allowed us to still be in the ballgame."

The Warriors have won four straight over the Blazers, including a 101-93 win in Oakland on Jan, 25. Portland, meanwhile, is just 4-10 as the visitor on the year and has lost five of its last six road games overall.