Former Longhorn Aldridge left out of 2011 NBA All-Star game

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Despite playing on a team depleted by injuries, former Texas star LaMarcus Aldridge has kept the Portland Trail Blazers afloat this year with his strong play.

His efforts, though, were not enough to earn him a reserve spot on the Western Conference All-Star team. The list of back-ups for the upcoming NBA All-Star game were announced Thursday night, and Aldridge was among the notable snubs. Beating him out for the final spots at the forward position were Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Blake Griffin.

Aldridge was snubbed despite averaging 21 points and nine rebounds a game through the first half of the season.