San Antonio Spurs point watch Tony Parker will miss whatever remains of the team’s playoff run after suffering a leg harm Wednesday night amid Game 2 of the Spurs’ second-round arrangement against the Houston Rockets, the Spurs reported on Thursday.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical initially detailed San Antonio suspected Parker required season-finishing surgery on the infirmity prior on Thursday, and the Spurs affirmed in their public statement that Parker “suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon” and would be out for a long time to come.
Teammates were forced to carry the 34-year-old four-time NBA champion off the court in the final quarter when he was not able to put any weight on his left side leg.
“It’s not good,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game, though he didn’t know the exact extent of the injury at the time, per Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com.
“It’s hard to see him limping and hurting now, and you kind of know we’re not going to see him anytime soon,” longtime teammate Manu Ginobili added. “That’s a tough blow. We shall see. We don’t know.”
Parker averaged his lowest scoring total since his rookie campaign at 10.1 points per game during the regular season. The battle-tested guard had elevated his play since the playoffs started, however, putting up 15.9 points per contest while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor across eight games.
The Spurs bounced back from a blowout loss in Game 1 to secure a 121-96 triumph Wednesday night to level the arrangement. While it was a vital win to abstain from falling into a monstrous gap early, it may prove a Pyrrhic victory if Parker’s injury is as bad as feared.
San Antonio will incline toward Patty Mills to fill the void as the arrangement movements to Toyota Center in Houston for Game 3 on Friday night.