SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will not play against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore right knee.
San Antonio is already without Pau Gasol, its starting center, who underwent surgery Jan. 20 to repair a broken left ring finger. Gasol broke his fourth metacarpal Jan. 19 while warming up before the Spurs’ home game against Denver. The 7-footer was expected to miss four to six weeks due to the injury.
Aldridge has missed three games this season, including two for rest. The 6-foot-11 forward is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in his second season with the Spurs.
San Antonio enters Thursday night’s game at 37-10, the league’s second-best record behind Golden State (42-7).
But two earlier plays involving Lowry drew scrutiny in the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.
Perhaps, the Raptors would have just won in regulation with correct officiating down the stretch. But if the game still would’ve reached overtime — a perfectly reasonable conclusion — Toronto benefited from an even bigger missed call in the extra period.
The game remained tied at 96 for the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Raptors were robbed of a possession in that span. After blocking Lowry’s shot, Anthony Davis saved the ball from going out of bounds with a pass directly to Lowry. But Lowry was called for a foul — in error, according to the league:
Lowry (TOR) makes marginal contact with Davis (NOP) that does not affect his ability to retrieve the basketball.
The Raptors weren’t the penalty, so New Orleans just got the ball, though it should have gone to Toronto with a fresh shot clock.
But the Pelicans didn’t score again in regulation anyway, and the Raptors turned the ball over on both their remaining fourth-quarter possessions..
Patterson (TOR) sets the screen on Moore (NOP) and delivers the contact.
A correct call would’ve ended the Raptors possession before Lowry hit the 3-pointer. Instead, Toronto used those three points en route to its two-point win.
One way or another, the dominant narrative from the Celtics’ 113-109 win over the Pistons on Monday was going to be Boston’s fourth quarter.
The story told: Isaiah Thomas continued his modern-era-record-breaking fourth quarter onslaught, scoring 24 of his 41 points in the final period.
But perhaps, with correct officiating down the stretch, the story would’ve been the Celtics blowing an 11-point lead in the final 10 minutes.
Jerebko (BOS) make contact with Leuer’s (DET) body, affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound.
Because Boston was in the penalty, a correct call would’ve given Leuer — who’s shooting 89% from the line this season and 75% for his career — two free throws to tie the game.
Instead, the Celtics grabbed the defensive rebound and still led by two when Detroit began intentionally fouling.