NBA Playoffs 2016 – Spurs vs. Grizzlies preview: LaMarcus Aldridge playing with injured finger

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Mar 25, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dunks as Memphis Grizzlies center Ryan Hollins (20) and power forward Jarell Martin (10) defend during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Spurs are the heavy favorites to win the series against the short-handed Grizzlies team that is missing some key players.

San Antonio is coming off its best season in franchise history, winning a record of 67 wins and going 40-1 at home. On the other hand, Memphis has been decimated by injuries causing them to tally the NBA record for most number of players to suit-up for an NBA team in one season with 28, per ESPN.

The Grizzlies are without All-Star center Marc Gasol who is recovering from a fractured foot and point guard Mike Conley has been out since March with an Achilles injury. As for the Spurs, their only major concern is LaMarcus Aldridge who is still suffering the effects of a dislocated finger.

Aldridge got the injury during the Spurs lone home loss of the season against the Golden State Warriors. San Antonio probably won’t play the five-time All-Star too much until the next round of the NBA playoffs.

“It’s okay. Just trying to get used to my new tape job. I’ll be okay,” Aldridge told Melissa Rohlin of San Antonio Express-News. He was also asked if his finger is still sore.

“It is, but I’ll be okay. It’s a lot better than it was the other day,” he answered.

The Spurs swept the season series against the Grizzlies 4-0 with an average winning margin of 12.5 points. Expect San Antonio to do the same against Memphis in their first-round matchup in the 2016 NBA playoffs.

Spurs vs. Grizzlies NBA Playoffs TV Schedule

Game 1: April 17 – Grizzlies at Spurs, 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 2: April 19 – Grizzlies at Spurs, 1:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: April 22 – Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Game 4: April 24 – Spurs at Grizzlies, 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Game 5: April 26 – Grizzlies at Spurs (TBD, if necessary)
Game 6: April 28 – Spurs at Grizzlies (TBD, if necessary)
Game 7: April 30 – Grizzlies at Spurs (TBD, if necessary)

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