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Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge to return from shoulder injury vs. Mavs

LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Aldridge has missed the previous six games for the Spurs because of a shoulder strain:

Aldridge has appeared in 52 games for the Spurs this season. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Spurs are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. San Antonio has made the postseason 22 straight seasons under head coach Gregg Popovich. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Mavs, the Spurs are 26-36. They are in 12th place in the West.

It would be so strange not to see the Spurs in the postseason. DeMar DeRozan and Aldridge are two sound All-Star players, but not even their scoring prowess has been able to lift San Antonio into the playoff picture. San Antonio decided not to trade DeRozan and Aldridge at the trade deadline, so they must have thought they could make a late season playoff push.

DeRozan has a $27.7 million player option for next season, while Aldridge is due $24 million in 2020-21.

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