LaMarcus Aldridge’s All-Star Performance Overshadowed By Loss
By sarahhecht Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge
All anyone is talking about right now is the block... or rather the goaltend. Of course that’s the story of the night. Did LaMarcus Aldridge put a clean block on Kevin Durant’s shot in the final seconds? Or was the goaltend the correct call to give the Oklahoma City Thunder the tie with the Trail Blazers to send the game to overtime?
Nate had his opinion on the incident and made it clear in his post-game interview. “It was a good block,” he sad. “That game should have been over.”
Aldridge’s take was a bit more deflecting. “It could have been [a clean block.] Doesn’t really matter does it?” he said. “I’m not trying to sound rude today guys but when you lose a game like that I don’t really wanna go back and forth if it was, if it wasn’t because it’s not gonna change the game. So they played better than us tonight I guess in the overtime and they won the game.”
Let’s take a page out of Aldridge’s book and instead of thinking about the what-ifs or the should-woulda-couldas we look at the All-Star performance he dished out instead.
He scored more than 20 points for the 19th time this season and in his sixth consecutive game. Keep in mind tonight was only game 25, so there have only been six instances this season where he didn’t hit that mark.
Even more impressive were his season-high 39 points and 14 field goals made on a career-high 28 field goal attempts. He’s only scored more than 39 points twice, his career high coming in February of last year when he dropped 42.
Free throws? Oh yeah, Aldridge was 100 percent there sinking all 11 of his attempts. And finally he rounded out his line with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a blocked shot. An All-Star caliber performance, without a doubt.
Unfortunately, on a night when LA should be celebrating as his performances continue to demand attention from Western Conference coaches who will vote to send him to Orlando, he had this to say about his night.
“It’s overshadowed by the loss. If we win the game then I feel better about it, but we lose and I didn’t make shots down the stretch like I could have so really, it doesn’t mean nothing now to me.”
Even though Aldridge can’t enjoy his fantastic line from tonight we should try to add a little does of perspective. His 39-point performance may have been just enough to tip the vote of a Western Conference coach or two and garner him a few more votes for his trip to Orlando.