Spurs: 3 Key takeaways from road loss to Memphis Grizzlies

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LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge’s three-point renaissance

One of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest, for the San Antonio Spurs’ recent improvement over the past month, has been the willingness of LaMarcus Aldridge to expand his game out past the three-point line.  He’s fully embraced the long ball over the past few weeks and it’s done wonders for the San Antonio Spurs offense.

Since December Aldridge has made 29 of his 57 three-point attempts and has regularly been one of the Spurs’ most consistent options from deep. Seeing him leading the Spurs in three-point attempts would have been unfathomable a month ago but it’s almost the norm now. He went five for nine from deep last night, the latest in a stretch of impressive long-range performances.

He’s already matched his career-high in triples in a season and its only January. He’s blowing away the expectations that we had for him just a month ago and has helped revolutionalize the Spurs offense. If he keeps playing like this he could very wall work himself into the All-Star conversation.

Aldridge’s spacing ability helps the team as a whole but no one has benefited from it more than the Spurs other All-Star contender.

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