San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge took part in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. How did he perform?
Sunday night marked LaMarcus Aldridge’s sixth appearance in an NBA All-Star Game and the second one as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. He last played in 2016, with a down year in 2017 that kept him out of this midseason exhibition.
In the week before this game, Aldridge dealt with a sore right knee that kept him out of San Antonio’s final three games before the All-Star Break. It did not take him out of the festivities, however, as was in Los Angeles, CA and participated in the game.
Spurs fans did not see much of their team’s lone All-Star, though. He played just four minutes, all of which came in the first half, and finished with 0 points on 0-for-1 shooting and 1 block. Not exactly a highlight-reel night from Aldridge, potentially due to resting his knee before the Silver and Black return to the court on Feb. 23.
It’s not the first time Aldridge went scoreless in an All-Star Game, either. As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, he went 0-for-2 in 11 minutes in the 2013 All-Star Game. The outlier is 2015, when he scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
Beyond the stat sheet, the 32-year-old power forward contributed work off the court. As the Spurs Twitter account documented, he interacted with fans and visited a Jordan Brand store in East Los Angeles:
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 18, 2018
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 19, 2018
As for the rest of the night, it provided maybe the most physical All-Star Game in recent memory, and nothing close to the near 400-point contest in 2017. This still provided a lot of points but featured more defense than ever and a thrilling final few minutes. It gave Team LeBron the win, 148-145, as LeBron James and Kevin Durant guarded Stephen Curry from attempting a shot in the final seconds.