Spurs’ Parker injures leg in win: ‘It’s not good’

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SAN ANTONIO — Spurs manager Gregg Popovich succinctly summed adult a small he knows during this indicate about a astringency of what a group called a left leg damage suffered Wednesday by indicate ensure Tony Parker in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinals.

“It’s not good,” Popovich said.

That seemed to be a vibe emanating from all corners of a Spurs locker room on a heels of a 121-96 feat over a Houston Rockets, yet San Antonio now turns a courtesy toward putting together a strait devise to finish this series. The Spurs announced that Parker will bear an MRI hearing on Thursday, and once those formula are disclosed, a group will refurbish his status.

Veteran Spurs sharpened ensure Manu Ginobili saw Parker in a locker room after Wednesday’s diversion and described a indicate ensure as being “in pain” and incompetent “to put weight on his leg,” while adding “he was struggling to walk.” That postgame stage apparently supposing Ginobili copiousness of melancholy about Parker fast returning to a lineup.

“It’s tough to see him limping and spiteful now, and we kind of know we’re not going to see him anytime soon,” Ginobili said. “That’s a tough blow. We shall see. We don’t know.”

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  • Parker suffered a damage with 8:43 left in a fourth entertain on a pushing floater over Patrick Beverley with a Spurs heading a Rockets 97-83. Parker immediately retained during his left knee after a shot and collapsed to a court, where he lay quiescent for several minutes.

    Parker rose to his feet yet was incompetent to put any vigour on his left leg to walk. So rookie indicate ensure Dejounte Murray and core Dewayne Dedmon carried Parker off a court.

    “That was tough,” Dedmon said.

    Perhaps even some-more formidable is anticipating a approach to reinstate Parker for what is expected to be a rest of this array opposite a Rockets.

    Earlier in a contest, Parker became a ninth actor in NBA postseason story to strech 4,000 career points. Parker and LeBron James are now a league’s usually players to have scored 4,000 points and dished 1,000 assists in a postseason.

    Luckily for a Spurs, they gained copiousness of knowledge during a unchanging deteriorate in personification games though Parker in a mix.

    Parker, 34, missed 16 games during a unchanging deteriorate due to rest and several ailments, such as right knee soreness, a left quadriceps contusion, a left knee contusion, left feet pain and behind stiffness. Curiously, a Spurs ran off a record of 12-4 in a games Parker sat out.

    The many expected claimant to accept initial moment during replacing Parker in a lineup is maestro Patty Mills, who averaged 9.5 points per diversion and 3.5 assists during a unchanging deteriorate and contributed 7 points on Wednesday opposite a Rockets. If Mills moves to a starting lineup, it is expected Ginobili will offer as a primary backup.

    Parker’s deficiency also will lead to some-more mins for Murray, as good as Kyle Anderson, a former college indicate guard, and Jonathon Simmons.

    The Spurs also have shown a bent to run a indicate by Kawhi Leonard on occasion. Leonard scored 34 points on 13 of 16 sharpened opposite a Rockets on Wednesday, in further to contributing 8 assists, 3 steals and a blocked shot.

    Leonard pronounced he could “definitely” see himself in a point-forward purpose with Parker out.

    “We’ll see what happens, though,” Leonard added. “We have a good coaching staff led by Popovich, and we’ll see.”

    Ginobili pronounced that if you’ve paid courtesy to a Spurs, you’ve already seen San Antonio pierce toward a character of play that facilities Leonard more. In fact, he compared Leonard’s stream purpose to a energetic in Houston of James Harden personification alongside Beverley.

    “The fact we play a opposite character now, with Kawhi holding a round a lot and using a high pick-and-roll and formulating for others means we don’t need, as most in a past, a indicate ensure that creates for everybody,” Ginobili said. “In that sense, we are going to have to find rotations, maybe though a indicate ensure for moments. we don’t know, we haven’t talked about it. Patty’s going to have to play some-more mins for sure, yet Kawhi, for sure, is going to have a round some-more in his hands.

    “Besides a fact that Tony is a indicate guard, we are going to skip carrying him around, his experience, his large shots. It is some-more than only who is going to start. We are going to skip his presence.”

    Mills seconded Ginobili’s impressions of Parker.

    “He has that presence, only like TD had that presence,” Mills said, referring to Tim Duncan. “And he was rolling a final month, going behind to his aged self. He has that participation on a floor, generally when he’s on a break. When a round is in his hands, he creates big-time plays, big-time shots, big-time moves. So we’ll see what a understanding is.”

    But it’s too early to contend what that is, that is because Popovich declined to even present a subject though a decisive diagnosis on Parker.

    “I have no idea,” Popovich said. “We only finished a game. We’ll find out about Tony. We haven’t gotten together to speak about who’s going to play instead. we have no idea.”


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