Aldridge compiled 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds and a block over 29 minutes in Thursday's 118-104 win over the Nuggets.
With Kawhi Leonard, and surprisingly, rookie Dejounte Murray, doing a lot of the heavy lifting on offense, Aldridge was more of a facilitator, equaling a season high in assists. The veteran forward has been one of the more challenging players to gauge for fantasy purposes this season, as his scoring has fluctuated significantly at times. January has served as a microcosm of his season, as Aldridge opened the month with three straight games of over 20 points, and promptly followed that stretch by scoring 10 to 13 points in three of the next four contests. However, with Pau Gasol now sidelined for the immediate future with a broken ring finger, Aldridge could certainly pick up some of the slack in coming games.
Aldridge went for 29 points (12-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 36 minutes during a 122-114 victory against the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Aldridge was back to his normal self Tuesday after he had averaged just 13.7 points per game in the previous three outings. He helped pace the squad in a high-scoring game along with Kawhi Leonard, who had 34 points, as no other Spurs player had more than 14 points. The 20 shots taken tied a season high for the 11th-year power forward. We'll see if he stays aggressive against the Nuggets on Thursday.
Aldridge, in his second game back from an illness, accumulated 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt), four rebounds, and two assists across 34 minutes during Saturday's 108-105 loss to the Suns.
Aldridge, despite getting 10 more minutes than during Thursday's effort against the Lakers, put up nearly identical numbers across the board. There was no indication prior to tipoff that he was still feeling ill, so this seems to just be a down game for Aldridge, who's had his ups and downs this season. That being said, there's no reason for year-long fantasy owners to fret moving forward, as he's averaging 17.6 points on 50.6 percent shooting to go along with 7.2 rebounds per game on the season, though he still remains a high-risk high-reward option for DFS players. Aldridge's next chance to bounce back will come Tuesday against the Timberwolves.
Aldridge (illness) produced 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and a block over 24 minutes in Thursday's 134-94 win over the Lakers.
Aldridge was deemed healthy enough to take the court after an illness cost him Tuesday's contest versus the Bucks, but with Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol taking on the majority of the heavy lifting on offense and the Spurs comfortably ahead, he was limited to just 24 minutes. It was his lowest allotment of playing time since Dec. 22 versus the Clippers, but Aldridge still posted his fifth straight double-digit scoring outing, and 14th over his last 15 games. Despite missing Tuesday's game and the fact he's scored under 20 points in two games overall, Aldridge is still enjoying his best month of the season to date, averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.2 steals in the five games he's played.
Aldridge missed Tuesday's game against the Bucks with an illness, but after some additional time off for rest and recovery, it appears he should be good to go heading into Thursday. Look for Aldridge to jump back into the starting lineup, with David Lee heading to the bench after a one-game stint with the top unit. Prior to the illness, Aldridge had really upped his play of late, although it remains to be seen if he'll be able to pick up where he left off following this most recent absence. He should take on his usual 30-plus minute role in the frontcourt.
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