Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge will not play against Lakers on Friday
According to San Antonio beat reporter Paul Garcia, the Spurs have ruled LaMarcus Aldridge out for Friday’s showdown with the defending champion Lakers. Aldridge has been dealing with a sore left knee and missed San Antonio’s loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. There was reason for optimism as head coach Gregg Popovich labeled his big man day-to-day and said the Spurs are just being “conservative” holding him out. It seems like the injury is more serious than originally thought.
Aldridge has been a big fantasy disappointment in the early goings. The former Trail Blazer put up a four-point, four-rebound dud the other night against New Orleans and is averaging just 12.3 points and 4.3 boards per game this season. His minutes have been severely limited, including just 20 minutes of court time in the aforementioned game against the Pelicans. If the knee has been bothering him more than the team has led on, the scarcity of minutes makes sense.
Jakob Poeltl should again get the start against the Lakers, and while he comes with a cheap $4600 price tag in FanDuel’s DFS, his ceiling is fairly low, especially in traditional fantasy leagues where he is available in 80% of pools.
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