May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dribbles into Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) in the second half in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
LaMarcus Aldridge helped slay the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs. Aldridge averaged a career high of 23.2 points per game this season, while also snagging a career high 11.1 rebounds per game. In games 1 & 2 of the playoffs, the power forward lit Houston up for 46 and 43 points, respectively.
It caused Rockets coach Kevin McHale to make major defensive adjustments, inserting Omer Asik into the starting lineup in place of the inexperienced Terrence Jones. Aldridge did come back down to Earth, but still finished the series with an average of over 26 points per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge tells The Oregonian he will not sign a contract extension with #Blazers this offseason, but plans to do so next summer.
— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) July 8, 2014
Aldridge had 10 40-plus point games in the 2013-14 season, and he plans to stick around in Portland for five seasons beyond this one. Together with All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, the Blazers stand to be a team the Rockets (and indeed the entire Western Conference) will have to deal with for a good while.