San Antonio Spurs have enjoyed a winning season thus far this season, but that may have changed on Friday when All-Star Tony Parker injured his ankle.
Parker is the Spurs' leading scorer, and the Spurs currently have the best record in the NBA with a 46-14 mark. The 30 year old guard from France injured his ankle during the third quarter of Friday's win over the Sacramento Kings as he completed a transitional layup when he landed on Isaiah Thomas' foot. Parker came down on his left ankle and rolled it outward. He remained down on the ground while play continued on the other side of the court and was eventually helped off to the locker room. The team announced on Saturday that he would be out about four weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain.
"He'll be out a while; it's a good one," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "He's been a stalwart for us. He's having an All-Star season. As I've said, he's playing better than any other point guard in the league consistently through the year. We will miss him."
Parker has been the engine that has made the Spurs machine run this season and has emerged as a MVP candidate. The Spurs fortunately have a deep bench that includes Gary Neal, Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, and Nando De Colo.
Tim Duncan told reporters on Friday that "He's been our leader all year long. But we've played with all kinds of different people this year. We're going to rally. Pop is going to have to change some lineups. We're obviously not going to replace him. But we're going to change the way we play for a while."
Parker is averaging 21 points and 7.6 assists on 53.3 percent shooting this season. Fans who are concerned about Parker's return time frame should fret not: Parker is an 11 year veteran who won't be sitting on the sidelines doing word searchers- he'll be game-ready as soon as possible.
With 21 games left in the season, the Spurs have a three game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder and a 4.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. In the meantime, Parker will miss 13 of those games
References: New Strait Times and ESPN.
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