Spurs' Parker has successful surgery on ruptured tendon

The Spurs said Parker, 34, had undergone an MRI exam which revealed he had suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon requiring surgery.

Of the four second-round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, only the one between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs saw the road team steal home-court advantage. He was carried off by teammates Dewayne Dedmon and Murray, and did not look up as the crowd chanted his name. Clearly, Houston built their 55-win season (the third-best record in the league) due to Harden's brilliant play matching a plethora of highly skilled players around him. That's tops among players still in the postseason. "It's tough. We say a prayer for him".

Tony Parker's 2017 postseason is over.

Gregg Popovich, known more for his scowl and scathing responses to media, summarized the status of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker in three words on Wednesday night.

Now San Antonio will have find a way to win without their French general, who has 221 playoff games of experience - fifth on the all-time list and the most amongst active players. But he averaged 15.9 points on 53 percent shooting in eight playoff games - second on the Spurs behind Kawhi Leonard (30.3 PPG) - and had a vintage 27-point night in Game 6 against Memphis to clinch that series. The Spurs still need two more wins without Tony Parker, who is out for the playoffs, but they now hold the cards. Right when Parker landed, he went lying down in pain and reached for his left knee.

Backup Patty Mills will likely start in Parker's place for Friday night's Game 3 against the host Rockets. "I can tell you one thing, that we're all ready", Mills said after Game 2.

Parker's absence also will lead to more minutes for Murray, as well as Kyle Anderson, a former college point guard, and Jonathon Simmons. Even considering the Spurs' familiarity with performing and performing well without Parker, who missed 19 games during the regular season and embodies their championship culture.

"First of all I hate it for Tony", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "His team is a machine".

Said Harden: "You can take anybody off that roster, and they're [still] a great team".

HOUSTON (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had been criticized through two games of the Western Conference semifinals for not doing enough for the San Antonio Spurs.

I don't speak for all Warriors fans, but I'm pretty darn sure most of us want the Spurs to win this in seven. It hasn't always been pretty basketball, but they don't need style points to have a chance for a championship.

"I think we were able to get a feel for them in the first game", Leonard said.

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