When the NBA resumes its season in Orlando, the San Antonio Spurs will be without LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Aldridge underwent arthroscopic procedure and rotator cuff debridement on his right shoulder. As a result, he will miss the remainder of the season.
It was another strong season for Aldridge posting averages of 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks. He played a key role in the Spurs staying in relative playoff contention in a loaded Western Conference.
As things currently stand, the Spurs sit on the outside looking in when it comes to a playoff spot. The 27-36 record they posted prior to the NBA suspending the season ranked 12th in the Western Conference and trailed the eight-spot Memphis Grizzlies by 4.0 games.
The expectation is the Spurs will likely use a starting frontcourt consisting of Trey Lyles at the four and Jakob Poeltl anchoring the five spot with Aldridge sidelined. This duo has not logged much time together this season.
The chances of the Spurs making a surprise run at a playoff spot appear to be as low as possible without Aldridge. San Antonio will look to DeMar DeRozan to shoulder an even heavier playmaking load while needing Lyles and Poeltl to step up their production.
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