SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge tried out a new tape job on his dislocated right pinkie finger during Friday’s workout at the team facility in preparation for Sunday’s first-round playoff matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Aldridge acknowledged the finger remains sore, having dislocated it April 7 during a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
“It’s OK,” Aldridge said of the finger. “[I’m] just trying to get used to my new tape job.”
Aldridge initially suffered the injury attempting a reverse layup with 3:18 remaining in the opening quarter against the Warriors. Spurs head athletic trainer Will Sevening immediately popped the finger back into place, before later taping it to Aldridge’s right ring finger.
Aldridge didn’t provide details, but said Sevening changed up the tape job for Friday’s practice in an effort “to make it more where I can flex it more and just feel more comfortable out there. So I’m trying it out now.”
While Aldridge’s injury isn’t considered serious, the pain and discomfort the forward is experiencing could affect the forward’s shot in the postseason, as the Spurs open play at home on Sunday.
Aldridge expects the sore finger to absorb some contact throughout the normal course of a game, and even said he anticipates some of the hits to feel as if he re-injured the finger.
Given all of Memphis’ injuries, there’s an assumption the Spurs could make quick work of their first-round foes. All-Star center Marc Gasol broke his right foot and has been out of action since February, and point guard Mike Conley suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in March.
In all, Memphis has utilized a total of 28 players this season.
“They’ve played hard,” Aldridge said. “They have a bunch of guys that are trying to prove things right now; guys that haven’t had opportunities in the past. So they’re playing hard.”
If San Antonio manages to finish off the Grizzlies in four or five games, the Spurs could give Aldridge some extra rest, which in turn would provide more time for the finger to fully heal. That would prove beneficial for Aldridge and the Spurs headed into the second round, should they advance.
Aldridge declined to ponder San Antonio’s chances headed into the postseason.
“I’m taking it game by game,” he said.