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It's only been five quarters since Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs' definitive Most Valuable Player, sprained his left ankle. He will miss four weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain.
But the numbers have been impressive regardless: 148 points, 48 assists, 12 3-pointers and 53.2 percent shooting. All numbers are well above average, even for one of the league's best offenses.
One caveat: Its the Kings and Pistons. Both are in the bottom third in adjusted defensive rating according to Basketball Reference. Tougher matchups against Chicago (fourth) and Oklahoma City (eighth) loom in the near future.
But we shouldn't worry just yet. In Parker's place, and with Gary Neal ailing as well, the Spurs trotted out Cory Joseph and Patty Mills. Both played well in limited minutes last night. Manu Ginobili excelled in a role he is very familiar with -- finishing with 17 points, three 3-pointers and three assists as the primary ball handler.
Danny Green filled in 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the 39-point blowout against Detroit and he and Kawhi Leonard weighed in on losing Parker for what could be one month.
Focus has never been a problem for any Gregg Popovich coached team. The margin for error is lower, yes, but if the last five quarters are any indication, the Spurs will be just fine.
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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is expected to miss four weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain, the team announced on Saturday.
Parker injured the ankle late in the third quarter while landing after completing a reverse layup. Parker had to be helped off the court and did not return to the game.
Parker underwent an MRI Saturday morning in San Antonio, where the injury was...
The San Antonio Spurs best player and point guard, Tony Parker, will miss the rest of March with a grade 2 ankle sprain. Tony Parker has been unbelievable this season averaging 21 points per game (only other time he averaged 20 points per game was the '08-'09 season) and adding 7.6 assists per night. The Spurs will miss him big time but they have proven to be a very...
It has been declared that Tony Parker will be out for around four weeks with an ankle injury. Yes this news may be a few days late, but the message is new and gives hope to the fans of the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs’ hold on the number one seed in the West may be in trouble, but with the majority of their remaining games at home and the fact that they rarely lose in front...
Prior to his ankle injury, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker was playing on a whole other level this season which has garnered him some consideration as a possible NBA MVP for this season.
As if that wasn't enough for TP, he also signed on with PEAK (leaving Nike) and will now sport their basketball sneakers on the court.
In the video below, Parker talks about why he...
The Spurs have won seven of their last ten games.
Tony Parker will miss about a month with a grade 2 left ankle sprain. Parker suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday night's Spurs-Kings game.
Parker finished with 13 points and seven assists.
It's a huge blow for San Antonio. Parker was having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 21 points, 7.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and .9 steals. Expect boosts for Manu Ginobili...
Tony Parker suffered a left ankle sprain in a Spurs' blowout win against the Sacramento Kings this Friday. The injury occurred during the third quarter of the game and you can be pretty sure every San Antonio Spurs fan had their tongues and stomachs in knots when they saw it occur. Parker is one of the few legitimate MVP contenders and the catalyst of the team this season. The...
In the Spurs' win over the Kings on Friday night, Parker sustained a grade 2 sprain to his left ankle, an injury that will cause him to miss around four weeks
The constantly injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs suffered yet another unfortunate blow to their core as a routine win over the hapless Sacramento Kings resulted in an ankle injury for star point Tony Parker...
Tony Parker turned 30 this season, just two days prior to the San Antonio Spurs' 86-84 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Parker drained the game-winning bucket -- a wide-open mid-range shot, created by both pristine offensive execution and Russell Westbrook's costly defensive mishap. It was a sign of things to come.
Since then, the Frenchman has produced his finest...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan insists the San Antonio Spurs are still trying to find their way on offense without All-Star point guard Tony Parker.
They sure looked smooth Sunday night.
San Antonio had one of its most efficient games this season, routing the Detroit Pistons 114-75 in its first game since Parker was injured.
Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Duncan had 16 points...
On this new episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 San Antonio Spurs Roundtable, Jeff Garcia and Kyle Boenitz discuss the guard depth for the San Antonio Spurs now that the team will be without All-Star guard Tony Parker who is dealing with a left ankle injury suffered recently.
So who will not step up? We take a look at the Spurs depth chart at the guard spot and who will mostly...
Parker suffers ankle injury
Tony Parker's eyes were perhaps getting a little big for his stomach.
These last two years, Parker has transformed himself into one of the premier point guards in the league. Maybe the 2007 Finals MVP was that already, but now Gregg Popovich has turned the team over to him and told him to dominate the same way he does when he plays for the...
The San Antonio Spurs are preparing to begin a four-week stretch of games where they're expected to be without their All-Star point guard Tony Parker, as their first opponent during the stretch will be the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said guard Gary Neal (tightness, left calf) and forward Boris Diaw (low back strain) will also join Parker on...