Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge Cleared To Return To Action After Heart Issue Threat

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard tries to work the ball between Atlanta Hawks defenders Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha.- AP

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard tries to work the ball between Atlanta Hawks defenders Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha. – AP

The San Antonio Spurs faced a tough scenario in Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge has been dealing with issues all season but added his joy at the strong diagnosis.

After Aldridge's arrhythmia in Oklahoma City last Thursday, the Spurs medical staff led a process that included multiple tests and examinations as well as consultation with numerous experts in the field. "All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and grace he has shown in dealing with this hard situation".

Ginobili finished the game with seven points, six assists and one rebound, but the Spurs were finally back to near-full strength on Wednesday night, as both Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were back in action. According to ESPN, Aldridge is now averaging 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Popovich said that Aldridge has been dealt with his condition all year long, which nobody really knew about, but being a consummate pro, he was able to do everything necessary to bring it to a conclusion. Following an ensuing foul, the Blazers made two more free throws to seal a 110-106 victory on San Antonio's court.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge took to social media Wednesday afternoon to thank those who supported him while he was sidelined with a heart ailment. He's gone through some procedures and had to do some things that are not pleasant. "That's the most important part", Pop said.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome - which can cause a rapid heartbeat - at the end of his rookie season with the Trail Blazers in April 2007.

Leonard led the way for San Antonio, scoring 34 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assists, but it wasn't enough to stop Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers.

Spurs: Aldridge has scored 1,000 points for a 10th straight season, joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the only active players with that streak.

The Spurs desperately need Aldridge if they are going to leapfrog the scuffling Warriors for the top spot in the West.

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