San Antonio Spurs fans were hit with a heartbreaking news hours before the Spurs-Warriors game on Saturday night. One of its stars, Lamarcus Aldridge, suffered from a “minor heart arrhythmia” and will be out indefinitely. This is not the first time in Aldridge’s career that a heart condition sidelined him.
On Saturday, San Antonio posted its regular “injury update.” It said that Aldridge, a starter forward, will be out for an indefinite period of time because of an occurrence of minor heart arrhythmia. “All parties have concluded that at the current time, it is best for Aldridge to refrain from play until further tests and examinations are completed.”
Fans should not worry too much about Lamarcus Aldridge?
It is “unexpected” to hear about the heart condition of Lamarcus Aldridge prior to the Saturday game, Manu Ginobili said. There was no recent concern about Aldridge’s health as far as the Argentinian knows. The Spurs just want him healthy, Ginobili added, and they will wait as long as it takes for him to feel healthy and safe.
His absence on Saturday added to the fact that Kawhi Leonard wasn’t available, too, because he entered the league’s concussion protocol. Thankfully, the Spurs’ deep bench managed to hold off the Warriors’ bench. Steve Kerr decided to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala.
Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome during his rookie year with the Portland Trailblazers. This is a condition in which an extra electrical pathway between the heart’s upper and lower chambers causes a rapid heartbeat, the USA Today quoted the Mayo Clinic website. It’s a condition he had since birth, though it is fairly rare.
Aldridge also had a reoccurrence of this in 2011. The Spurs, however, said his condition today wasn’t triggered by any prior incidents.
Spurs Have To Go On Without Aldridge
His absence is a big loss for a team like the Spurs, which is on pace to battle it out with the Golden State Warriors in the top-heavy Western Conference. The Spurs is only ½ game away from tying with the Warriors as the top-seeded on the West. They will also have the best record in the league this season.
Aldridge is a proven playmaker and he has adjusted well to Gregg Popovich’s system. This season, he is averaging 17.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He is critical to San Antonio’s presence On the paint and his mid-range game opens up offense.
Until his return, Lamarcus Aldridge will be replaced by either two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol or David Lee, both seasoned veterans.
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