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Remembering Aldridge's 46 points vs. Houston in the 2014 playoffs

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Oh what could've been with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard?!

So many memories came flooding back since Aldridge announced his retirement from basketball last week citing his health.

"My last game, I played while dealing with an irregular heartbeat," LaMarcus Aldridge wrote in his retirement announcement. "Later on that night, my rhythm got even worse, which worried me even more… Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced."

With that being said, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from the NBA.

With debate whether or not Aldridge's jersey should be retired or not by the Trail Blazers, on this day in history, LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 46 points against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the 2014 playoffs

It was Damian Lillard's first playoff game after Portland missed the postseason his rookie year. 

Lillard and Aldridge scored the Trail Blazers final 25 points of regulation.

In regulation, Lillard had 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Not a bad postseason debut. He finished the night with 31 points and nine rebounds.

 

Aldridge dominated in this game before fouling out in overtime. Watching the game live in 2014, it really seemed like a glimpse of what could be with the star-studded play between LA and Dame. 

Not only were Trail Blazers fans thinking about what-if Aldridge didn't leave Portland in free agency the following summer, fans were also wondering about what could've been had Wesley Matthews had not torn his Achilles in 2015, as well.

And sure, there have been several conversations, many articles written, and so much time focused on if Aldridge would've stayed in Portland, but it was a perfect time to reflect during the Stay at Home Order and the Classic game had us all reflecting.

And now having to digest the news that Aldridge has retired from basketball, had us all thinking about the what-ifs once again.