Just as the protagonist disappears halfway through the movie and comes back as the hero who saves the day, Tony Parker emulated that story plot perfectly for the San Antonio Spurs. In his first action in six games, Parker assisted the Spurs in a 112-106 beating of the scorned Dallas Mavericks.
Now it is no secret that the Mavericks are not liked in the Alamo City and the fact that Dallas had not won a game against San Antonio in seven previous attempts served as a little motivation for the struggling squad. Mavs’ legend Dirk Nowitzki was aggressive the whole game, using his patented one-knee turnaround jumper to knock in a team-high 22 points. But despite 10 turnovers in the first-half, the Spurs controlled the tempo with the 48-47 lead at the break.
Parker and the gang controlled the ball better in the second half, only committing three turnovers. Parker was only responsible for one of those errors on the night to go with his 22 points and seven assists. Not a bad stat line for someone fresh off a 10-day vacation at the expense of Gregg Popovich. The well-rested Parker looked as if those “maladies” he was dealing with had never existed.
Despite the Spurs’ growing trend of sloppy passing to start games, San Antonio is starting to regain the form that most expected of them earlier in the season before the litter of injuries. And with their 10 wins in the last 13 games, the rest of the league may want to pay attention to what is transpiring in Popovich country. If the competition is not careful, we may see another NBA Finals take place on the Riverwalk.