Tony Parker Out for Playoffs with Knee Injury
On Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs stormed back to avenge their Game 1 blow out loss to the Houston Rockets with a statement 121-96 victory, but the win did prove costly.
With 8:52 remaining in the contest, Tony Parker went down and needed to be helped off the court. Following the game, Parker was still unable to put weight on his left leg and even Head Coach Gregg Popovich conceded that things did not look good for his veteran point guard.
After MRI results came in on Thursday morning, it was determined that Parker ruptured a quadriceps tendon in his left leg and will therefore miss the remainder of the playoffs. Parker, who scored 18-points in the Spurs victory will more than likely be replaced in the lineup by Patty Mills and rookie Dejounte Murray.
Tony Parker’s injury may come back and bite the Spurs more than ever this coming offseason as San Antonio does not have the cap room to go after a guard, especially with everyone expecting Pau Gasol to opt in for his $14-million player option. If the injury suffered by Parker is deemed to be career-ending, the Spurs cannot apply for career-ending-injury-salary-cap relief until one year from the date of the injury.
With the 34-year old future Hall of Famer now out for the remainder of the postseason, the Spurs’ second round series now shifts to Houston, as San Antonio hope to keep pace with the high-powered Rockets offence.