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Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury

Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury

Parker suffered the injury during San Antonio's Game 2 blowout of the Houston Rockets, a series now tied at 1-1.

"It seemed to work out tonight, but this is just one night, one game", Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said".

Parker left the game with 8:43 remaining after he missed a floater in the paint and fell to the floor awkwardly. Parker immediately clutched at his left knee after the shot and collapsed to the court, where he lay motionless for several minutes.

Team-mate Manu Ginobili said on Wednesday Parker had been unable to place any weight on his injured left leg. Given the nature of Parker's injury and the point in his career at which it occurred, many are wondering if we have seen the last of the star point guard in the National Basketball Association. The injury came as the Spurs are locked in a second-round battle with Houston, a series tied 1-1 with Game 3 in Houston on Friday. Patty Mills was the primary point guard without Parker and Ginobili served as the lead backup.

Even though the Rockets aren't on easy street after Parker's injury, it is safe to say things are going to be tough for the Spurs.

Parker was great in Games 1, 5 and 6 of the Memphis series - all crucial San Antonio victories.

Parker, who is in his 16th year with the Spurs, will sit out the rest of the Spurs' postseason run.

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CLEVELAND - LeBron James scorched Toronto for 39 points and became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer in the postseason as Cleveland rolled in Game 2.

On Friday, the Spurs and Rockets face each other again for their third semifinals game at the latter's home court.

"I'm feeling pretty good", he said, downplaying his break-neck start to this postseason.

Popovich also had a lot of trust in Parker in end-of-game situations, and though it's hard to quantify, Parker's experience in extremely high-pressure moments likely added some comfort for San Antonio during clutch moments.

Visit the respective team sites for more news on the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. Rookie Dejounte Murray is another candidate to see more playing time.

"He has that presence, just like TD had that presence", Mills said, referring to Tim Duncan.

If Parker is out for the rest of the playoffs, I'm not predicting that San Antonio won't win another game. "He was rolling the last month going back to his old self". "We got to figure out a way to not let him beat us, which is easier said than done". "We are all clear on the game plan and our roles, so whatever decision is made we are ready".

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