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San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge ruled out vs. Suns

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 20: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 20, 2017 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 20: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 20, 2017 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs ruled LaMarcus Aldridge out of Friday night’s game vs. the Phoenix Suns. Head coach Gregg Popovich was quiet on the reason.

In all but one game, in the 2017-18 season, the San Antonio Spurs had LaMarcus Aldridge available to play. He broke through, too, with his best performance in the Alamo City, so far, through two-plus seasons. It could earn him a spot in the All-Star Game in February.

However, for Friday night’s contest, the Spurs won’t have Aldridge. Head coach Gregg Popovich ruled him “out,” according to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright. 

As for the reason, Popovich said: “we’ll figure it out.” So, it’s unknown the extent of whatever may be bothering the Texas product, if it’s injury-related at all.

No LaMarcus Aldridge tonight. Pop said "we'll figure it out."

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) January 5, 2018

Losing Aldridge limits the Spurs’ big-man rotation. They already don’t have Rudy Gay, who injured his right heel, in December. He often played a stretch four role.

This means more of Joffrey Lauvergne, who received sporadic playing time over the past few weeks. He could start for the injured Aldridge, which potentially moves Gasol to power forward and away from the basket.

Otherwise, the Spurs will work small. They won’t have Danny Green, either, so the team’s rotation will look different. Watch for Bryn Forbes to take Green’s starting spot at home.

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We’ll see what the case with Aldridge is. Popovich didn’t disclose anything, so it’s possible we find out more Friday’s game or down the road. Whether it’s an injury or not, it’s something to monitor this weekend.

Update: The Spurs announced it as “rest.”

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