Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge has been a beast


    San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives to the basket to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    In 35 minutes of play, San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists in the team's recent 120-111 win over the Boston Celtics.

    In registering another 20-plus scoring night, it marked the 21st time this season he's done this feat and the Spurs are 17-4 in those games. It was also his second-straight 30-plus point outburst in back-to-back games against the Clippers in Los Angeles, as he scored a season-high 38 points.

    “He’s been a beast, like I told him briefly after the game, he’s been a beast – without a doubt," said head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) tries to shoot over San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    For the season, Aldridge is averaging 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 49.7 percent shooting through 38 games played. He was asked about his huge game against the Celtics.

    "It was just one of those games," said Aldridge following the win over Boston. "I started slow and I knew I was rushing it a bit."

    In his last three games, Aldridge is posting a whopping 31.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 56 percent shooting and 1.3 blocks in 36 minutes. He leads San Antonio in rebounds (9.0) and blocks (1.2) per contest this season and is shouldering the offensive load with DeMar DeRozan.

    Overall, the numbers he is posting this season are all-star worthy but Aldridge sees the bigger picture - helping the team make a push to the playoffs.

    "I'm making a late push to win games," said Aldridge. "We had games where we should have won. I'm just doing my job to make sure we get certain games."

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