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San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge reacts to 41-point performance

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Tony Parker /

LaMarcus Aldridge had one of his best games for the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 41 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. How did he react to this performance?

Wednesday night’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies pushed the San Antonio Spurs to a 14-7 record — the third-best mark in the Western Conference. Only the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are ahead of them. All of it happened without two of the Silver and Black’s best players, as the team steadily starts to get healthy.

Behind this victory, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way. His 41 points were a season-high and one of the best totals he’s totaled since signing in the 2015 offseason. The Spurs’ next-highest mark for the game was 13 points.

After the game, Aldridge spoke to reports and reacted to his performance. He said he was “in the zone,” according to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, who posted a clip from the post-game remarks.

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 41 on the Grizzlies, then was asked what it was like to be up there with him…"in the zone."

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 30, 2017

If this game was any indication, Aldridge has been “in the zone” all season. His production carried the team through 21 games, breaking out as the lead option and totaling double-digit point performances in every appearance. It’s all while Kawhi Leonard remains hurt, with a quad injury that’s kept him out since before training camp started.

The 32-year-old’s 21-point, 8-rebound averages may place him in the 2018 All-Star Game conversation. He didn’t earn this accolade in 2017, after producing one of his worst statistical seasons since entering the NBA in 2006-07. Given the Western Conference’s abundance of talent, it will still be difficult to earn a spot, but given his carrying of one of the NBA’s best teams, record-wise, it should earn him consideration.

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The Spurs’ next game will be on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Grizzlies. It’s the second of this two-part series. How will Aldridge follow up on his most productive game of the season?