LaMarcus Aldridge urges Spurs to ‘figure it out’ fighting for playoff spot
LaMarcus Aldridge knows his San Antonio Spurs have gone from a sense of confidence to dire straits in the past month, sliding from a sure-fire third-place in the Western Conference to being out of the playoffs due to the team’s struggles.
As they await Kawhi Leonard’s imminent return, the power forward warned there will be no quit in this team.
“You have no choice, you can’t give in. If you give in, that shows your character,” said Aldridge, according to News4SA TV. “I don’t think anyone on this team is a quitter, so we have to figure it out.”
The Spurs have only gone victorious in one out of their last five games, seeing their leads evaporate and ultimately disappear right before their eyes, as they take another loss.
“Guys have to keep pounding it,” said Aldridge. “We have to take care of the ball and create offense and play better defense.”
The West has undergone a complete re-shuffle, with the season leaders falling off and scrambling teams making a run after the All-Star break. The Spurs have played short-handed for the majority of the season, with Leonard only playing in nine games, still a shadow of himself.
“We are going through an ugly stretch right now. We have to figure it out,” said Aldridge.
San Antonio is in a three-way tie with the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, finding themselves in an unforeseen 10th place in the West, one which they’ll be forced to dig out of if they hope to make the playoffs for a 21st straight season.