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LaMarcus Aldridge is out vs. Minnesota with hip soreness

The LaMarcus-less Spurs prepare to square off against the shorthanded Timberwolves

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

The San Antonio Spurs have announced LaMarcus Aldridge will sit out of tonight’s home matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to right hip flexor soreness.

The 35-year-old center is posting his lowest per-game scoring and rebounding numbers since his rookie campaign with the Portland Trail Blazers, and this will be the fourth game he has missed this season.

Minnesota will also be operating with a short-staffed frontcourt as All-NBA big man Karl-Anthony Towns will remain sidelined for a tenth-straight outing in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Jakob Poeltl is San Antonio’s most likely candidate to replace Aldridge in the starting lineup, and back-up minutes will likely go to Drew Eubanks and/or Trey Lyles (if Gregg Popovich decides to go super small with the bench). Either Naz Reid or Ed Davis is expected to fill in for the Timberwolves in Towns’ absence.

Despite shooting woes, defensive struggles, and a visible loss of mobility from LaMarcus, the Silver and Black have lost all three of the contests the seven-time All-Star has missed this season.