LaMarcus Aldridge sat in front of his locker Saturday night in Charlotte with his chin resting in his hand and his eyes glued to video of the Hornets. A few minutes later, he got up and made his way to the court to warm up for yet another night of heavy lifting. When the game was over, he returned to the locker room with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 33 minutes of work in the Spurs’ 106-86 victory over Charlotte. In the absence of injured All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, Aldridge has done just about everything for the Spurs (12-7). And he’s relished every minute of it even while performing with the pressure of knowing an off night could very well result in a loss. “It’s not a burden,” Aldridge said. “I just go play. That’s what I do. I try to be a leader and try to (generate) offense and make guys better.” In his return to the form that landed him in five consecutive All-Star games from 2012-16, Aldridge is averaging 21.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks in 32.9 minutes while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. Six times this season, Aldridge has scored 25 or more points, including a season-high 32 in a Nov. 14 win over the Dallas Mavericks, who the Spurs host at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Mavericks are a Western Conference-worst 5-15 but have won three of their last four games.
LaMarcus Aldridge relishes ‘burden’ of carrying Spurs
San Antonio Express-News | Nov 27