The Spurs Will Have to Continue Playoff Push Without Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

He had an MRI exam after suffering the injury on Wednesday as the Spurs evened their Western Conference second-round series at 1-1 against the Houston Rockets with a 121-96 victory.

"A timeline for Parker's return will be determined at a later date", the Spurs said. The absence of Parker will give Mills a chance to play extended minutes, and Mills has the scoring ability to take advantage of extra time on the court.

Leonard added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Pau Gasol totaled 12 points and nine rebounds. The injury came as the Spurs are locked in a second-round battle with Houston, a series tied 1-1 with Game 3 on the road coming up Friday.

Parker's team meanwhile were looking ahead to life without the guard as they prepared for Game 3 of their series against Houston later Friday.

"If we don't have him, it's going to be a lot tougher to hang with teams like Houston and Golden State, the Clippers, that kind of thing", Popovich said before the season ended. Rockets drop game 2 to SpursWith 8:43 left in the fourth quarter, Parker immediately clutched at his left knee after a driving floater over Patrick Beverley and collapsed to the court, where he lay motionless for several minutes.

"Parker had been the team's second best player this postseason, averaging 18.8 points per game in the Spurs five playoff wins", said Spectrum Sports Director Ricky Doyle.

"You lose a good player - somebody else has to step up".

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On Wednesday, Parker became the ninth player in National Basketball Association postseason history to reach 4,000 career points.

Parker had to be carried by his teammates to the locker room after his bad fall.

The Spurs only tallied 19 points in the first quarter of Game 3, and shot 35 percent in the period.

Although the loss of Tony Parker is a major blow to the San Antonio Spurs, there is some hope for Spurs fans.

And if San Antonio overcomes Parker's injury to triumph, probably behind MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard and a surge by point guard (and Saint Mary's product) Patty Mills, it will surely be less potent.

"We had several opportunities", Harden said. "You've just got to stay disciplined and keep your arms back and just make him beat you over the top and live with it". Houston's 126-99 Game 1 victory made the Spurs look ill-prepared to handle the offense built around the incomparable James Harden.

"First of all I hate it for Tony", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

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