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San Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge has no structural damage in knee

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after scoring during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after scoring during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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After an MRI on an injured left knee, San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge is day-to-day.

During Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a left knee contusion that took him out of the second half. The Spurs were trounced by the Wizards before and after Aldridge left and contributed to the team’s second consecutive loss, 116-106.

Aldridge was set for an MRI on Wednesday to determine the injury’s severity. According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, the six-time All-Star did not have structural damage and remains day-to-day. That goes with his “questionable” status for Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Adding to this: Today's MRI showed no structural damage to Aldridge's knee.

Again, considered a day-to-day thing https://t.co/0dIAEW92kL via @mySA

— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) March 28, 2018

Any time lost for Aldridge, especially at the end of the season, impacts a team that already does not have Kawhi Leonard. The scoring depth is not there to replace it, and could mean trouble against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, both of whom are among the NBA’s best offenses.

A trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony might overwhelm this weakened bunch at the AT&T Center, giving the Spurs their third consecutive loss. If so, that shrinks the team’s ground between the No. 6 and 9 seeds, with six games left afterward to make the postseason; they remain two games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers. So nothing is guaranteed for the final two weeks of the season and means each game will be a must-win situation.

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The Spurs will potentially get Aldridge back by 8:00 p.m. ET, vs. the Thunder, on TNT.

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