Spurs' Tony Parker to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery after Game 2 Injury
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:58
Aldridge, who had only four points in the series opener, scored 15 in Game 2 and looked like his old self Friday night.
To discuss all of that, and more, the latest episode of the Posting Up podcast caught up with Jeff McDonald, the Spurs beat writer for the San Antonio Express-News. Tony Parker suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury Wednesday night, making the series even more unpredictable. He's fifth in total playoff assists with 1,137 and ninth in total playoff scoring with 4,012 points. Earlier in the contest, Parker became the ninth player in National Basketball Association postseason history to reach 4,000 career points.
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. That's tops among players still in the postseason. To conclude the San Antonio Spurs will send the Rockets back to Houston in 6 games or less. Not only will San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich have to prepare for the anticipated adjustments on the part of the Rockets, but they'll also have to plan for life without Parker. Parker averaged 3.1 assists in eight playoff games this season.
There's been speculation that Aldridge might not be completely healthy, possibly dealing with a knee injury.
The Cavs game should be another snoozer as Lebron and company continue to just steamroll one of the top teams in the East (yet again). The last time he didn't appear in a Spurs playoff game was 2001 against the Lakers, when David Robinson was still starting (and a game where Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue were both on the floor as backups when time expired). "I have to take my time down there and make them pay".
DeRozan, the Raptors' leading scorer this season, was limited to five points on two-of-11 shooting. The forward is averaging 30.3 points on 16.8 shots while committing just 2.3 turnovers per game.
"Yeah, it goes through your mind", Ginobili said. "I didn't convert layups". We'll see how they respond to this setback Friday night in Houston.