LaMarcus Aldridge had to leave the game the Spurs were playing against the Wizards in the second quarter and was ruled out for the night. He suffered what has initially been diagnosed as a left knee contusion. He will have an MRI on Wednesday that will more accurately determine the severity of the injury.
Aldridge was having another standout performance before having to leave the court. He had 13 points, four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of play. Unfortunately, late in the second quarter, he started to show discomfort with his left knee. He continued to play for a short while before asking to be subbed out. Spurs doctors looked at his leg on the bench before escorting him to the locker room. He didn’t return in the first half and was ruled out for the second half, with Pau Gasol starting in his place.
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Without Kawhi Leonard for most of the season because of the most talked about quad injury in NBA history, Aldridge has put the Spurs on his back. For the season, he’s averaging 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and was just named Western Conference Player of the Week for his performance last week.
If Aldridge is indeed forced to miss a few games, it could be bad news for the Spurs, who are only three games up on the ninth-place Nuggets, and have a mighty tough schedule down the stretch, including games against the Thunder and Rockets later this week.
It’s impossible to overstate Aldridge’s value at this point in the season.
”We are at a point if LaMarcus gets a cough, a cold, we are in deep trouble,” Manu Ginobili said. ”So hopefully it’s just a one half thing because if not it’s really going to get tough to score down the stretch. We’ve got tough opponents. We’re playing against teams that need wins. Hopefully it’s nothing.”