With injured star forward Kawhi Leonard sitting on the bench, the Spurs suffered another blow Wednesday night, as LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his right ankle in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Aldridge landed awkwardly after defending Rajon Rondo’s driving layup with 7:17 remaining in the quarter. He tried to play through the pain before leaving the game at the 3:02 mark of the quarter with Spurs head athletic trainer Will Sevening to head to the locker room.
Aldridge re-entered the contest with 7:39 left in the first half, before leaving to the locker room again with 3:17 remaining until intermission.
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.
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN