MRI shows no structural damage to Aldridge's knee
NBA.com Global on Mar 29, 2018 08:18 AM
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 1: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs stands for the National Anthem before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2017 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LaMarcus Aldridge injured left knee showed no structural damage from an MRI taken today according to the San Antonio Express-News.
LaMarcus Aldridge (left knee contusion) is questionable for tomorrow’s Spurs-Thunder game. Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out. pic.twitter.com/V6NbsL4DDL— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 28, 2018
His injury is considered day-to-day and is doubtful for the Spurs' game Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Aldridge left the Spurs' 116-106 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) with a bruised left knee, the latest blow in a season that has included Kawhi Leonard being limited to nine games with a nagging quadriceps injury. Aldridge is the biggest reason San Antonio's season hasn't been derailed by Leonard's absence - and a tough schedule ahead makes the matchup-nightmare center's status worth watching.
"He's been playing with that bad knee for a while now, so hopefully it's not too bad," guard Tony Parker said. "We're going to need him vs. OKC."
The Spurs host the Oklahoma City on Thursday and Houston Rockets on Sunday before visiting the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. They're sixth in the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Clippers and Denver Nuggets behind them in the standings.
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."
Aldridge had a game-high 13 points when he limped off late in the second quarter and is averaging 23.2 points and 8.4 rebounds this season as the Spurs' most productive player.
"I think everybody [has to step up]," guard Danny Green said. "We've got to stay focused. Nobody is going to feel bad for us."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.