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San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker on LaMarcus Aldridge’s injury status

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 28: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 28, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 28: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 28, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker weighed in on LaMarcus Aldridge’s injury status.

Wednesday’s game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans saw San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge suffer a sprained right ankle on an attempt to defend a Rajon Rondo layup. This took him off the court for the rest of the game, with a status that’s “doubtful” for Saturday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aldridge’s sprained ankle is the latest in a line of injuries the Spurs have faced in the 2017-18 season. These do not seem likely to subside, either, with Pau Gasol and Kawhi Leonard sidelined.

Before any of these in-season injuries happened, Tony Parker was sidelined for the first month of the campaign, due to a torn quadriceps. This occurred in the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

On Friday, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Parker weighed in on Aldridge’s situation. He revealed a shoulder injury, but said it’s “nothing serious.”

“In addition to his ankle injury, LaMarcus Aldridge also has a shoulder ailment, according to Tony Parker. But, TP added that it’s ‘nothing serious’ and that he could play against the Lakers on Saturday night,” Orsborn tweeted on Friday.

Well, that’s good news for the fans and team, right? Even though this shoulder injury was not publicly known. However, it seems the six-time All-Star was banged up before the ankle, and could use these next few days off, pending the Spurs sit him out of the Lakers game.

Any game Aldridge misses potentially hurts San Antonio, though, who must fight for its playoff spot in a tight Western Conference. With multiple teams within one or two games of each other, it will be a battle for seeding and survival, as teams risk being on the outside looking in.

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The Spurs play on Monday, so let’s see what Aldridge’s status is. It’s against the Memphis Grizzlies, who have one of the NBA’s worst records, so it’s possible the coaching staff tries to give their leading scorer a break. Can they afford this to happen, though?

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