Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury

San Antonio TX USA San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard puts up a shot over Houston Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandat

More than seeding or home-court advantage, Popovich said, the Spurs needed Parker in order to stay competitive against the other heavyweights in the Western Conference playoffs.

Jonathon Simmons hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to leave San Antonio up 72-66 entering the fourth quarter.

Dewayne Dedmon asked the question.

Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets had chances of taking important 2-0 leads of their respective series.

"I'm feeling pretty good", James said. The Spurs haven't played in a postseason game without Parker since May 27, 2001, when they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

The injury is expected to require surgery. The point guard isn't among the top players at his position, posting his lowest scoring and assist totals since his rookie season. However, several reports claim that the Spurs coaching staff is not counting on Parker to return to the court. There was no contact on the play. I'm sure you can come back from that but at 34 How do you? Gregg Popovich is known for giving rookies a chance and Tony Parker's career start with the Spurs is a ideal example.

"It's more than just who is going to start", Ginobili said. "We are going to miss his presence".

Parker, who is in his 16th year with the Spurs, will sit out the rest of the Spurs' postseason run.

Said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni: "I hate it for Tony Parker".

The Spurs are above any one player - the team dynamic ensures that. He says he's fine, but he's shooting only 31 percent from the field in his last four games (9 for 30 so far in this series), and a really troubling 19 percent from 3-point range in that span. "It's a group effort out there". They might be just fine without him.

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Popovich understands the weight he is placing on Leonard's shoulders. "That's what great players do".

Leonard has certainly done all he can to help the Spurs win in the postseason.

Both of Friday's games will have big questions at the point.

According to USA Today, the team announced Parker would undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.

"I think we were able to get a feel for them the first game", Leonard said.

So Parker's injury seemingly makes Houston's path to the next round clearer. He faces a long and arduous rehab process.

But, as is nearly always the case, Gregg Popovich's group had an immediate and resounding response. "You kind of know we are not going to see him anytime soon".

Instead, it was the Spurs who seemed in control. Stadium officials had a wheelchair waiting for Parker after he entered the tunnel that leads to the locker room. "(Tim Duncan) had that presence", Mills said.

Friday at Toyota Center, they try to soldier on.

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