Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tony Parker's injury is a blessing in disguise for the Spurs

Tony Parker's injury is a blessing in disguise for the Spurs

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points apiece to help the San Antonio Spurs, now without point guard Tony Parker, beat the host Houston Rockets 103-92 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Now, he'll likely be called upon to resolve another issue as the Spurs look for another primary ballhandler after point guard Tony Parker went down with a ruptured left quadriceps tendon that will cause him to miss the rest of the postseason.

San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker has undergone successful surgery to fix a ruptured muscle tendon but there is no timetable for his eventual return, the National Basketball Association team said Friday, May 5.

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After a miserable Game 1 performance, the Spurs rolled to a 121-96 victory last night to tie their series with the Rockets.

His 10.1 points per game in the regular season was his lowest average since his rookie year in 2001-02.

A timetable for Parker's return will be determined at a later time. The two teams will meet again in Houston on Friday night in a Game 3 that could go either way. He might have been Toronto's bright spot in Game 2 with 22 points in 25 minutes, and he'll have to play a big role in Game 3 if the Raptors are going to make this a series. "When he's been healthy we've had a rhythm, he gets into it defensively and has set a tone on the perimeter for us along with Kawhi".

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"He's always been a heck of a player, as we know from all the way back in OKC days", Popovich said, "But that confidence has really propelled him and I think he's added to his game the understanding that he can make a whole lot of people better". Parker's postseason experience, however, has been evident, and he's been the team's second-best player in the 2017 playoffs. "We'll try to step up, but it's tough to lose a player like TP". When San Antonio misses that many shots, they enable the Rockets to get out in transition. He's fifth in total playoff assists with 1,137 and ninth in total playoff scoring with 4,012 points. Whatever the case may be, San Antonio probably won't win Game 3 or the series if things with Aldridge don't change.

Though the Spurs won the game, they seemed a bit shaken up afterwards, and understandably so.

The Cavaliers are the only team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. "We lost by 30 points last game so we didn't want to disappoint the fans".

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"I don't know what it is but I just like playing here", he said.

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