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May 25 2017, 08:53 | Van Peters
Spurs lose Parker, beat Rockets
The Spurs said Parker had a left leg injury and would undergo an MRI exam on Thursday, after which his status would be updated.
The 34-year-old attempted to limp off the court, but had to be carried off by teammates.
Parker had to be carried by his teammates to the locker room after his bad fall. Tony Parker added 18 points, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the victory. Could Gregg Popovich make the necessary adjustments to strike back in Game 2?
"I think we were able to get a feel for them in the first game", Leonard said. In fact, until a last-second jumpshot by Jonathon Simmons at the end of the quarter, we had a three point game on our hands. He was almost ideal in Game 2, shooting 13-of-16 for 34 points, continuing his historic efficiency. "Of course he's going to be missed", Popovich said. "I missed shots. I didn't convert my layups".
"So, we'll see. We'll have to regroup, re-organize the starting five and the rotations, and everything".
Mills has been doing an outstanding job of leading San Antonio's second unit this season - averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 assists per game - and providing a three-point threat off the bench.
"They came out with a lot of energy", said Beverley, who had 12 points.
Depth. Firepower. Too much to overcome. Gregg Popovich is known for giving rookies a chance and Tony Parker's career start with the Spurs is a flawless example. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The shooting guard's supporting cast was deadly from behind the arc as the team made 22 of their 50 three-point attempts. By moving to take him out of plays early, the Spurs essentially removed the agency from Houston's offense. "It's tough. We say a prayer for him".
Parker was averaging 15.9 points in eight playoff games, a vast improvement over his regular-season average of 10.1. The big gun for Houston in Game 2 was forward Ryan Anderson, who went 7 of 9, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, and finished with 18 points. "He's been playing well all postseason".
Nene, who grabbed Dedmon by the throat, was punished for "pushing" Dedmon "above the shoulders" according to an National Basketball Association statement. Nene was ejected from the game.
The other member of the trio, the great Tim Duncan, retired last July. The Rockets were plagued both by an terrible game by the standards of James Harden, who still finished with a 13-10-7 line, and a remarkable performance by Leonard (34 points-8 assists-7 rebounds), who David Fizdale might have been right about.
Patty Mills is not a particularly skilled ball-handler, and Manu Ginobili is running on fumes as it is.
The Spurs can't help it if the Rockets make 44 percent of their three-pointers. Now it's down to two (Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge) with Parker lost for the postseason, and maybe for good.