Aldridge thanks Spurs fans for their support

Paola Ditto
Marzo 21, 2017

Damian Lillard scored 36 points and the Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 110-106 on Wednesday night, spoiling LaMarcus Aldridge's return from a health scare and knocking San Antonio a game behind the Warriors for the league's best record.

Aldridge told the team's staff that he "felt a little odd" during the second half of San Antonio's game in Oklahoma City on March 9, which led to the diagnosis.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to play by the Spurs' doctor and will be available for tonight's game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now in the midst of his second season as a member of the Spurs, Aldridge previously spent his first nine National Basketball Association campaigns as a member of the aforementioned Trail Blazers. "So that's the most important part".

He said Aldridge has been dealing with the issue for several months. "All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and the grace he has shown in dealing with this hard situation". Being a consummate pro, he was able to do everything that was necessary to bring this to some sort of a conclusion.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to return for the San Antonio Spurs.

"Yeah, for sure", Mills said. He handles it his way, and how he wants to.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome - which can cause a rapid heartbeat - at the end of his rookie season with the Trail Blazers in April 2007. The 34-year-old has missed 16 games this season after sitting out 10 games last year. Four years later, he underwent the same procedure and missed time at the start of the 2011-12 season when there was a recurrence of his condition.

Danilo Gallinari also scored 18 points and Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without Wilson Chandler (groin), Kenneth Faried (back) and Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness).

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, including a pair of monster throwdowns, but it wasn't enough. "They can get injured just like anybody else", said Popovich. "They live life the same we do".

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