Spurs rebound to beat Rockets 121-96, but lose Parker

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili acknowledged he might have played his last game with Tony Parker after the point guard suffered a postseason-ending and career-threatening injury Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.

Popovich said after the game that it didn't look good, and the Spurs' fears were confirmed after an MRI on Thursday.

Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 11 assists and Channing Frye scored 18 points for the reigning champions, who are 6-0 so far defending their title.

Team-mates and Houston players walked over to console him.

Video captured by KSAT showed Parker being carried of the court by teammates Dewayne Dedmon and Dejounte Murray to an awaiting wheelchair near the Spurs locker room.

"It's hard to see him limping and hurting now, and you kind of know we're not going to see him any time soon", the Argentinian said. "That's a tough blow. We'll see, we don't know". 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. "(Duncan) had that presence", said Patty Mills, who could start in Parker's absence.

While Parker has had a great offensive postseason, he was one of only three Spurs players to post a negative Defensive Box Plus/Minus (DBPM) this postseason, which means the Spurs will be replacing his offense with someone else's much needed defense.

His 10.1 points per game in the regular season was his lowest average since his rookie year in 2001-02. He'd already amassed 18 points and four assists before his injury.

LeBron James moved into second on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list thanks to his 39 points, while he also had six rebounds and four assists.

Houston's MVP candidate still averaged 33.2 points against the Thunder in the five-game series.

Maybe there was something to the Spurs having an edge playing on Cinco de Mayo, which is always observed by San Antonio's predominantly Hispanic population. He also became the fourth player in National Basketball Association history (after Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Manu Ginobili) to make 300 playoff three-pointers.

Tony Parker will miss the rest of the playoffs.

"This is a devastating loss for the Spurs". In Game 2, he finished with 34 points on 13-for-16 shooting to lead all scorers. Houston demolished the Spurs with a 27-point victory in the opener before San Antonio returned serve with a 25-point beat down of the Rockets in Game 2.

  • Julie Sanders