San Antonio Spurs‘ starting point guard Tony Parker has a ruptured left quadriceps tendon that will cause him to miss the remainder of the postseason and potentially the start of the 2017/18 season.
Tony Parker Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/i3SUAo9Map
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 4, 2017
Early in the fourth quarter Parker drove in the paint and shot a floater over Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and came down on his left knee. Parker had to be carried off the court by two of his teammates, while he clutched his knee in agony. Before the injury, he played 26 minutes and had 18 points which helped his team to a bounce back 121-96 win over the Rockets to tie the series 1-1.
Here’s the other angle of Tony Parker’s injury pic.twitter.com/6Wb2jZdbS1
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 4, 2017
After the injury, San Antonio looked a little lost for the rest of game. It will be interesting to see how they adjust to playing without their point guard they have had for 16 years.
This setback will involve the superstar forward Kawhi Leonard to take on a greater role in the offense. When asked if he would play more of a point guard role, Leonard answered with “definitely,” as per ESPN.
Losing Parker involves losing a lot of leadership. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked about the affect of the absence:
“His leadership, the way he’s been playing in the playoffs. Of course he’s going to be missed,” Popovich said.
“You lose a good player — somebody else has to step up. You don’t worry about it, you don’t cry about it, you just play.” Via (Yahoo Sports)
Patty Mills will start in place for Parker and some younger bench players will be asked to play a bigger role. Veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili will likely serve as the primary backup guard for the team until Parker returns.
After a regular season of regression, Parker only averaged 10.1 points and 4.5 assists. However, he was able to step it up in the first eight playoff games. He averaged a solid 15.9 points, 3.1 assists, and shot 52.6-percent from the field. It will be tough loss for San Antonio, but luckily for them they have depth at the position.
San Antonio’s twitter account notified the public that he underwent a successful surgery on Friday afternoon, but still has no set recovery time.
Tony Parker Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/UFQ0w4FYHd
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 5, 2017