Spurs at Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets had trouble slowing LaMarcus Aldridge two weeks ago but won't have to worry about the All-Star power forward when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Aldridge sat out Monday's 101-99 loss to Utah and also will miss the game against Denver due to a balky right knee.
Aldridge returned to San Antonio on Monday but still is slated to play in Sunday's All-Star Game despite the situation. "He's just getting a treatment on his knee," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. "There's a certain amount of rest that has to happen. He's doing it now so he won't have to miss any games after the break." Meanwhile, Denver is 4-1 in February, and Tuesday's contest begins a stretch during which four of its final five games of the month are at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets began their recent run after dropping a 106-104 decision to the Spurs on Jan. 30, when they couldn't stop Aldridge as he scored 30 points on 14-of-23 shooting.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, FS Southwest (San Antonio)
ABOUT THE SPURS (35-23): San Antonio is 1-2 on its annual Rodeo Road Trip, which consists of just six games this season as the All-Star break begins for the Spurs after Tuesday's contest. Dejounte Murray (ankle) and Tony Parker (back) both returned from one-game absences to play against Utah, and both players are expected to see action on the second leg of the back-to-back road set. Murray, who recently supplanted Parker as the starting point guard, recorded 12 points against the Jazz and has scored in double digits in eight of his last 11 games.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (30-26): Wilson Chandler emerged out of seemingly nowhere to score a season-high 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Saturday's 123-113 victory over Phoenix. The 30-year-old reached the 20-point mark for just the second time all season and had scored five points or fewer in four of his previous five games. "I love it when he's aggressive," coach Michael Malone told reporters. "And the great thing about it was, it wasn't like we were calling his number every time. I think our guys did a great job of finding him, and Wilson did the rest by stepping in, making timely 3s down the stretch to keep our lead up, attacking the basket. It was a great night for him."
1. The Spurs are 2-0 against the Nuggets this season and have won the last five meetings in the all-time series.
2. Denver C Nikola Jokic is averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists over his last five games.
3. San Antonio C Pau Gasol recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds against Utah for his 12th double-double of the campaign.