Tony Parker Spurs star to miss end of season over leg injury

After losing Game 1 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets in embarrassing fashion, the San Antonio Spurs responded in Game 2 in a big way.

In San Antonio, in the midst of a resounding and redemptive victory, the Spurs' celebration came to an abrupt stop when Tony Parker was carried off the court with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury.

Tony Parker suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury Wednesday night, making the series even more unpredictable.

Leonard also delivered eight assists and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who now travel to Houston for games three and four of the best-of-seven second round Western Conference series.

Parker was impressive throughout the postseason, averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 assists, while shooting over 52 percent in the Spurs' first six games.

Parker is in his 15th season and has helped the Spurs win five National Basketball Association titles.

Raptors All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan had a dud of a game, finishing with just five points, shooting 2-for-11 from the field. "Or does Patty Mills move into the starting lineup?" said Doyle. "I didn't get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it's pretty cool".

The surgery was performed by Spurs team physician Dr. David R. Schmidt, who indicated a timeline for Parker's return will be divulged at a later date. Parker had 18 points before the injury. The incident took place when Parker missed a short layup and landed underneath the Rockets' basket. San Antonio was up by 10 soon after that before the Rockets used a 10-1 spurt, with all the points from Harden, to cut it to 56-55 midway through the quarter.

Game 3 is Friday night in Houston. "We'll see, we don't know". The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Veteran guard Manu Ginobili, a longtime member of the Spurs' brain trust, alluded to the likelihood of Leonard's increased involvement in initiating San Antonio's offense.

Popovich, who notoriously doesn't like doing interviews during games and usually, like Bill Belichick in the National Football League, gives non-answers to show his displeasure. And the Spurs got a monster performance from LaMarcus Aldridge after an bad Game 1 and a so-so Game 2.

But offensive rebounds led to broken-play 3s in Game 2 and they know they have to do a better job there.

  • Julie Sanders