San Antonio Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge in just three games in February has been playing lights out. His play is coming at the right time with Tim Duncan sidelined with a knee injury.
Aldridge helped lead the Spurs to their 27th consecutive win this season at home as they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 110-97 on Wednesday.
The Spurs power-forward just days before set a season-high with 28 points against the Orlando Magic. On Wednesday, he set another as he scored 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor.
Over his last three games in February, Aldridge his averaging 32 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes of play. He is also shooting a blistering 63.6-percent from the field.
His performance from Wednesday night drew some praise from Head Coach Gregg Popovich:
“Well, LaMarcus is feeling more and more comfortable all the time as the season progresses,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I thought he was magnificent at both ends.”
To go along with his offensive outburst against Anthony Davis, Aldridge also nailed all twelve of his free-throw attempts as well as holding Davis to just four points in the final quarter.
“He was very aggressive tonight, and he wanted the ball.” Parker On Aldridge’s Play
Over the past two games, Aldridge has been calling for the ball more as he has connected on 21-of-33 attempts. Spurs’ point-guard Tony Parker noticed his aggressive play: “He was very aggressive tonight, and he wanted the ball,” Parker said. “So I just gave him the ball and got out of the way. I keep telling him he needs to play like that every game. I hope it’s Anthony Davis every game, so he can have that mindset.”
Aldridge’s 36 points represented a San Antonio season high for scoring and the largest output by a Spurs player sinceParker racked up 37 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 22nd, 2014.
So, how does Aldridge feel about his play thus far. As candid as he is, he just stated the ball has been going in for him. “The ball’s been going in. I’m taking the shots and making them,” Aldridge said. “I’m playing more confident, like myself, and I think the team has fed off the energy. It feels good for sure. I think it’s definitely been big for us these last couple of games. Hopefully, it keeps up.”
Up next for Aldridge and the Spurs, they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Friday.