San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker has undergone successful surgery to fix a ruptured muscle tendon but there is no timetable for his eventual return, the National Basketball Association team said Friday, May 5.
Several reports said Parker, 34, had undergone a scan which revealed an injury to a quadriceps tendon requiring surgery.
Kawhi Leonard recorded 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
The Rockets rocked San Antonio in Game 1, after all, behind 22 3-pointers - which is how Houston GM Daryl Morey said is the only way they can conquer Golden State.
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He drove into the lane for a short jump shot with just under 9 minutes left Wednesday night and grabbed at his left knee after landing.
After Sunday's game in Houston the series moves back to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Popovich said after the game that it didn't look good, and the Spurs' fears were confirmed after an MRI on Thursday.
Now, the Spurs will likely turn to Patty Mills to start in Parker's place. Fans shouldn't be surprised if Dejounte Murray, a rookie, sees a start as a back up point guard.
RAPTORS: All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors missed practice because of his sprained left ankle, and the team said more tests are scheduled to determine the severity of the injury.
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Next up is Game 3 of their tied second-round series with the Rockets on Friday night in Houston.
The Spurs led by six when Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left.
Who: San Antonio Spurs vs. The veteran center entered Friday with just one game of at least 10 points this postseason. However, being an effective two-way player can leave you vulnerable on the offensive end.
"You never want to see a teammate go down", Mills said, adding that the Spurs had a "sunken feeling" when they saw Parker go down.
Leonard went at an impressive 13-of-16 from the field, including three-of-four from three-point range. There are so many obvious names including Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili. It also doesn't hurt the Spurs if James Harden is the one switching onto Leonard.
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