The San Antonio Spurs good week just took a bad turn. They just suffered a hit in the injury department. They will be forced to go forward without LaMarcus Aldridge.
Aldridge will be unavailable following a recent health scare. He is out indefinitely after experiencing a minor heart arrhythmia, according to ESPN. The team announced the news out Saturday.
The San Antonio Spurs are going to be very cautious with Aldridge after his heart episode. They are not going to rush his return until he is 100 percent again. Right now there is not a specified timetable on the date of his return. Aldridge will be undergoing testing and from there it will be determined how much time he will miss.
The Spurs have not gone into detail about his heart condition. Right now his health and safety is their main concern. A heart issue was first identified with Aldrdige in his rookie season in 2007. He was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an abnormality that can cause a rapid heartbeat.
In 2007 it forced him to miss the final nine games of the season. A few years later, in his 2011-12 season he was forced to miss the start of the season after a recurrence of that condition. San Antonio may be crossing their fingers that he does not miss a massive amount of time.
He is not the only player on the Spurs to fall to injury. They have been struggling to stay in good health. San Antonio will be short at least two men in their Saturday game. The team announced that point guards Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray have been ruled out of their Saturday matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
Parker has been battling back stiffness, and the Spurs do not want to take any chances at aggravating his injury further, even if it means having one of their top shooters unavailable against the Warriors. Murray has been battling groin tightness. San Antonio has also been without forward Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard is currently in the concussion protocol. He will have to be cleared from that before he can return to the court. Despite an injury-deprived team, the Spurs are still in one of the best positions of their conference. San Antonio sits second place of the Western Conference going 50-14, trailing their rival Golden State Warriors by just a game and a half. San Antonio is coming off a 92-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod