Fred Katz: Pop says Aldridge will play: “I would say …

Fred Katz: Pop says Aldridge will play: “I would say yes. I think so. Those are two different statements. Probably so.”

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Didn't see LaMarcus Aldridge on the floor during shootaround. But he's in the weight room doing rehab work.
With seven games left in the regular season and just two games separating them from the ninth-place Los Angeles Clippers entering Wednesday’s action, the sixth-seeded Spurs (43-32) shudder to think what it would be like to face the fourth-seeded Thunder (44-31) without the player who has carried them all year. “As we can see and all you guys can see, we need him to play and be a force, a factor, to not only just play but lead us,” Manu Ginobili said. “It would be a tough, tough blow if he is not ready to play.”
He also had two double-doubles during that torrid run, capping it with a regular-season career-high 45 points in an overtime win over the Utah Jazz last Friday. “Considering the way he’s been playing and our recent success in those games, we are at the point where if LaMarcus gets a cough, a cold, we are in deep trouble,” Ginobili said.
Jabari Young: Quick Popovich reaction... #Spurs lacked a lot of things tonight. Mental toughness. Discipline. Communication. “I think our guys should be embarrassed.”... also said Aldridge will have MRI in the morning to check his left knee
The Spurs announced at halftime that Aldridge had an ankle sprain and would not return to action. The Spurs did not offer an update on Aldridge following Wednesday's 121-116 loss. Teammate Rudy Gay was optimistic Aldridge will be OK. "I think he'll be fine. I'm hoping he'll be fine," Gay said after the game. "We obviously need our big dog. He's a soldier. He'll play."
The Spurs have grown accustomed to living the rocky life of missing Kawhi Leonard for much of this injury plagued season. Now they are prepared to wave goodbye to LaMarcus Aldridge until after the All-Star break. Aldridge will not play in either of the Spurs' final two games leading into the break, tonight in Utah or Tuesday at Denver.
Tom Orsborn: Aldridge (sore right knee) is out for tomorrow night at Utah, per #Spurs. Murray (ankle), Parker (back) are questionable. Leonard, Gay remain out.
Kawhi Leonard (concussion protocol) is questionable for tomorrow night's Spurs-Hawks game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray (left groin) and Tony Parker (back stiffness) remain out.
Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will not play against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore right knee. San Antonio is already without Pau Gasol, its starting center, who underwent surgery Jan. 20 to repair a broken left ring finger. Gasol broke his fourth metacarpal Jan. 19 while warming up before the Spurs' home game against Denver. The 7-footer was expected to miss four to six weeks due to the injury.
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