Rollin' In The Rye

LaMarcus Aldridge delivers a nasty poster dunk over Nikola Jokic

Even though LaMarcus Aldridge is known for his faceup midrange game, defenders should remember than he can still use his quickness to get to the rim and finish with some power.

After receiving a quick pass from Tony Parker, Aldridge would straighten up and hit Darrell Arthur with a pump fake to create a lane to the rim. Nikola Jokic would try to rotate in time, but he would be too late – giving Aldridge a chance to get to his spot. It wouldn’t take long for Aldridge to complete his offensive attack, finishing over the Denver Nuggets defender with a nasty one-handed poster dunk to tie the game at 4 with 10:22 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The San Antonio Spurs would get outscored 33-29 in the 1st, but would outscore the Nuggets by at least 8 points in the next 3 quarters – to eventually walk out of the Pepsi Center with a comfortable 127-99 victory.

Aldridge was a big factor once again for the Spurs on Thursday night, finishing with 28 points on 11-18 FG, to go along with 4 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 33 minutes of work. He’s been a consistent factor in the Spurs’ success, and alongside Kawhi Leonard’s outstanding play – this team should have no problems coasting their way through the rest of the season as one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

The Spurs’ dynamic duo will have a chance to build on their team’s 29-7 record on Saturday night, when they take on the Charlotte Hornets at home with tipoff scheduled at 8:30 p.m. EST.


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