Spurs' Aldridge cleared to return after heart issue

NBA Breaking News La Marcus Aldridge Out Indefinitely With Minor Heart Arrhythmia

LaMarcus Aldridge, who was cleared to play Wednesday after missing the last two games with a heart arrhythmia, finished with 19 points and seven rebounds versus his old team.

Aldridge told the team's staff that he "felt a little odd" during the second half of San Antonio's game in Oklahoma City on March 9, which led to the diagnosis.

Aldridge missed two games due to minor heart arrhythmia, but he has been cleared to return in full to all basketball-related activities, and with the full workload he played on Wednesday it seems safe to assume he won't be limited at all moving forward.

But the Spurs would never hold a lead than they did in the opening moments of the game, as the Trail Blazers went on an 11-2 run after San Antonio's initial push to take their first lead of the game at 18-16.

"We are thankful that LaMarcus will be able to rejoin the team", Spurs GM RC Buford said in a statement. "So that's the most important part".

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge took to social media Wednesday afternoon to thank those who supported him while he was sidelined with a heart ailment. "All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and the grace he has shown in dealing with this hard situation".

"He's dealt with this all year long, which nobody really knew about", Popovich said.

Portland had lost five straight games overall against San Antonio and had not won a road game over the Spurs since a triple-overtime win on December 19, 2014.

"Throughout the year he has gone through some procedures and done some things that were not pleasant".

Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in April 2007 while with the Portland Trail Blazers, a genetic condition he's carried since birth.

Aldridge underwent a procedure to fix the problem and missed the final nine games of the season. "Obviously, it's good to have him for tonight".

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points to lead San Antonio (52-15), which had won 11 of 12 entering the game but fell one game behind Golden State for the league's best record.

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