After the Wednesday game, before the diagnosis was even out, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich already said Parker’s injury is “not good”, according to NBA.com.
Parker departed with 8:43 remaining.
“We’re going to miss his presence”, said San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili. That is a tough blow. We shall see. We don’t know. He attempted a running jumper in the lane, but his left leg buckled as he landed on the court at AT&T Center. Television cameras caught Parker clutching at his left knee before collapsing to the court, where he laid motionless for several minutes. Stadium officials had a wheelchair waiting for Parker after he entered the tunnel that leads to the locker room.
The Spurs led by six until Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left.
When Parker’s game is on and he’s playing like the Parker of old, his ability to get into the lane gives the Spurs another shot-creator aside from leading scorer Kawhi Leonard. The over/under total for the game is listed at 213.5 points. San Antonio was up by 10 soon after that before the Rockets used a 10-1 spurt, with all the points from Harden, to cut it to 56-55 midway through the quarter. We are going to miss his presence. “We knew they were going to come out with some aggressiveness in Game 2”.
After looking lost in Game 1 of the series, the Spurs are back on track and have put the onus on the Rockets to find answers before it’s too late.
Gregg Popovich is known for giving rookies a chance and Tony Parker’s career start with the Spurs is a flawless example. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 106 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 45 percent shooting. We’ve got your way to watch the action via live stream when the game tips off at 9:30pm EST on May 5. “We played at our pace, not theirs”. Major depth issue for a Spurs team that already lacked the offensive firepower to hang with a deadly Rockets squad. Although he only had seven points for the night, it was when he provided offense that mattered, making sure the Spurs kept their lead.
Leonard showed in Game 2 that he may well be in a class now occupied by only LeBron James and himself. Losing Parker is huge for San Antonio, obviously.
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“It’s not good”, Popovich said of Parker, who scored 18 points in the win.
Tony Parker was averaging 15.9 points this postseason.
“He has the presence just like T.D”. Patty Mills will likely take on a larger role in Parker’s absence.
Parker’s injury puts the Spurs in a hard spot this offseason because they have no cap room to go after a guard, especially with Pau Gasol expected to opt in for $14 million.