The news on LaMarcus Aldridge might not be so bad for the San Antonio Spurs.
In Wednesday’s game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans, the San Antonio Spurs lost LaMarcus Aldridge to a sprained ankle. It happened in an attempt to defend Rajon Rondo’s layup at the basket, which saw the six-time All-Star land awkwardly on his ankle, stay in the game for a few minutes and depart for the remainder of the contest.
Well, the injury update seems positive for Aldridge, according to Tom Orsborn of MySanAntonio.com (h/t CBS Sports). The Spurs power forward is “day-to-day” with a sprained right ankle. He did not practice on Thursday but will have his status announced for Saturday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
It’s good news for the Spurs, who can potentially get their leading scorer back for Saturday. If not, the team will play on Monday, Mar. 5 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Followed by the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, a game San Antonio will need Aldridge for, with the offensive arsenals of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to counter.
At least this ankle injury should not interfere with Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard eventually playing on the court together, right? Leonard’s return might happen later this month, so there will be a handful of games for these two to work together, before the NBA Playoffs arrive in mid-April. Plus, anything to keep the Spurs afloat in the seeding, given their slip from No. 3 to 4 with Wednesday’s loss to New Orleans.
Whether or not the Silver and Black have Aldridge for the Lakers and Grizzlies games, these will be must-win opportunities for a team that needs to avoid the No. 8 spot, which is just 2.5 games behind. After that, it’s the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets in a five-day span.