LaMarcus Aldridge Returns, Spurs Lose to Thunder on Buzzer-Beater
All the odds were against the Spurs Wednesday night.
Not only was San Antonio missing six players, but the Spurs also hadn’t played a game in ten days, and they held their first practice in over a week just 48 hours before tipping off against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Spurs started Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, Luka Samanuc, Trey Lyles, and Jakob Poetl. However, Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was too much for the new group and scored a career-high 42 points. Oklahoma City’s Lu Dort then hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Thunder the 102-99 win.
The one silver lining for the Spurs was veteran center LaMarcus Aldridge, who made his return to the court after being sidelined with hip soreness the last six games. Aldridge, who came off the bench, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
“Honestly I was a little rusty. Didn’t do as bad as I thought I would, but my shot didn’t feel great. My rhythm didn’t feel great. But for the most part, I felt good and it was just about getting my legs back and getting things back in swing basically.”
Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell, and Quinndary Weatherspoon were all out for the Wednesday night game due to the league’s health and safety protocols. Spurs veteran guard DeMar DeRozan was also unavailable, but for personal reasons.