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Thew San Antonio Spurs received a dose of good news after an MRI revealed Thursday that forward LaMarcus Aldridge’s ankle injury is not serious.
Aldridge is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle.
He landed awkwardly while defending against Rajon Rondo on a layup with 7:17 to play in the first quarter of the Spurs’ 121-116 home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
After trying to play through the injury, Aldridge left the game with 3:02 to play in the first, heading to the locker room with athletic trainer Will Sevening.
The All-Star forward came back with 7:39 to go in the first half, but retreated to the locker room again four minutes later and did not return.
San Antonio announced at halftime Aldridge had an ankle sprain and would not return to the lineup.
The 32-year-old Aldridge is averaging 22.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in 56 games this season for the Spurs, earning his sixth selection in the All-Star Game.
San Antonio, which has now had players miss 149 games this season because of injury, also played New Orleans on Wednesday night without veteran big man Pau Gasol, who couldn’t answer the bell because of a bone bruise in his left knee.
All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard has played in just nine games after suffering an injury to his right quad.