Injuries have been a recurring theme for the San Antonio Spurs this season. And just as it appeared the Spurs were getting healthy and peaking at the top of their game, they were dealt an unfortunate blow.
During last night game, Tony Parker had to leave the game after scoring 10 points in nine minutes of the first quarter due to back spasms. Parker was not able to return and underwent an MRI today to locate the issue. The results indicated that Parker had suffered a sprained facet joint on the left side of his back. It is unclear if this is the same injury that Parker was dealing with earlier in the season when he missed games with a “variety of maladies”.
Regardless of the previous injuries, Parker will not make the two-game road trip which begins Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With home-court hanging in the balance, a Parker absence may not be the best timing for the Western Conference leading Spurs.
The Spurs need one win and a loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder to clinch home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, but without Parker, the task could be a tad more difficult. Parker is currently averaging 16.8 points and 5.8 assists per game. Although the injury may slow down Parker, it will not slow down the Spurs’ offense and the top bench in the NBA.
Players like Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili have the ability to fulfill Parker’s scoring duties and more. And the fact that Gregg Popovich has been more of an advocate of playing great basketball rather than what seed they end up is a sign that this injury will not make or break San Antonio’s future this postseason.