May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after a basket and foul against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.
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Gregg Popovich has some explaining to do, or he needs to chew out LaMarcus Aldridge for seemingly trying to hurt Kevin Durant.
One game after Zaza Pachulia’s infamous closeout on Kawhi Leonard resulted in the San Antonio Spurs losing their star forward, Aldridge pulled a similar move.
Late in the second quarter, the Golden State Warriors were up by 29 points when Aldridge was on the perimeter guarding Durant. After Durant went up for a jumper, Aldridge put his hand up to contest the shot, took a step towards Durant in the process, and then after coming too late, took yet another step so that his left foot was directly under Durant’s right foot when it came down.