It is a cruel-but-ironic twist that nobody outside of LeBron James has done more damage to Tony Parker's long-shot MVP candidacy than Parker's own teammates.
The Spurs point guard out hurt. An ankle injury is expected to keep him away four weeks. "The Spurs hardly even realize he's gone" is saying too much, but they did crush the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in their second full game without Parker, shooting 54 percent from the field in a 101-83 win in San Antonio.
"That's a championship team right there," Bulls big man Joakim Noah said.
Wednesday night, yes.
But with Parker out, the Spurs started Cory Joseph at point guard, and that's a long drop. Joseph had four points, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes. That this was not a problem is a testament to the Spurs' water-like properties they just flow to the open space. Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter both had double doubles, Kawhi Leonard had 14 points and seven rebounds, Manu Ginobili had 18 points and nine assists off the...