NBA point guards, beware: The injuries are piling up
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 22:34
The Spurs came away with a 121-96 Game 2 win over the Rockets Wednesday night, tying the series at 1-1. "Parker had been the team's second best player this postseason, averaging 18.8 points per game in the Spurs five playoff wins", said Spectrum Sports Director Ricky Doyle.
With Tony Parker out for the remainder of the playoffs with a leg injury, the Spurs needed Aldridge to play to his potential if they want to have any shot of advancing in this series.
The Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 26 points, shoots over Clint Capela and James Harden.
If Mills moves to the starting lineup, it is likely Manu Ginobili will serve as the primary backup. Spurs officials said Parker will undergo an MRI on Thursday morning and update his status after, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said following that game that "its not good". He says he's fine, but he's shooting only 31 percent from the field in his last four games (9 for 30 so far in this series), and a really troubling 19 percent from 3-point range in that span. He has been part of four National Basketball Association title teams with San Antonio.
Now the team will have to do precisely that, tied 1-1 with Houston and heading into a pivotal Game 3 on Friday night.
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. It makes me squirm even thinking about tearing the quad.
However, they won't have James, who has won a road game in 27 consecutive series and appears determined to toss Toronto aside. "In addition to busting his butt on D and trying to hit the boards for us, he was a big help tonight". On a day after the game McDonald described as the most depressing blowout victory possible for Spurs fans, the discussion shifted to a variety of topics - beginning with the impact on the franchise of losing one of its pillars for the past 15 years for the rest of these playoffs and beyond.
Thanks to Friday night's outcomes, all 11 second-round games have been decided by double digits. If Spurs fans watched worldwide basketball, they would know that Patty Mills leads his team with heart and determination.
While forward Kawhi Leonard is the offensive focal point, Parker remains critical to what the Spurs do.
The Spurs led by four at halftime and used a 9-4 run, with seven points from Leonard, to push the lead to 52-43 early in the third quarter. "It's painful, but I'm not going to complain about it. Get treatment and get ready to play in Game 3".