About Last Night | Spurs Won, But Also Lost

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery after sustaining a left leg injury Wednesday night, league sources told The Vertical. Gregg Popovich is known for giving rookies a chance and Tony Parker's career start with the Spurs is a flawless example. He finished with 18 points before he was carried off the court with an injury in the fourth quarter of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs against the Houston Rockets with eight minutes left.

"We knew we were coming to a hostile environment, we knew they were going to give us everything they had, no matter who was in the lineup", James said.

He was carried off by team-mates Dewayne Dedmon and Dejounte Murray, and did not look up as the crowd chanted his name. So, that's a tough blow. We shall see. We don't know.

Popovich also had a lot of trust in Parker in end-of-game situations, and though it's hard to quantify, Parker's experience in extremely high-pressure moments likely added some comfort for San Antonio during clutch moments.

Patty Mills will likely play a much larger role with the injury to Parker.

The Rockets' preparation is dramatically altered by the fact that Parker won't be present to steer the Spurs' ship.

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The injury came as the Spurs are locked in a second-round battle with Houston, a series tied 1-1 with Game 3 on the road coming up Friday. 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. Two huge voids as they go toe-to-toe with the high-powered Rockets in hopes of another trip to the Western Conference finals.

Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge defends during the first half in Game 1 of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 1, 2017 in San Antonio.

Kawhi Leonard recorded 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 121-96 victory.

In the team's first round series against the Grizzlies, Parker averaged 16 points and three assists on 53 percent shooting from the field.

"It sucks. To lose like we did", DeRozan said.

With Parker out, the Spurs are expected to go inside more to Gasol and Aldridge.

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