San Antonio Spurs lose Tony Parker in win against Sacramento Kings
The San Antonio Spurs had a good night when they beat the Sacramento Kings, but were soon distracted by the sprained ankle of Tony Parker.
The Spurs beat the Kings 130-102 and the team had a total of 41 assists, reports the Associated Press. This win helped repair the hurt of losing to the Phoenix Suns at home earlier in the week.
Parker is an important piece to the Spurs; he is their top scorer. It looks like he will be out for several games with his injury.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “He’ll be out a while; it’s a good one. 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.”
Before his injury Parker had 13 points. He landed badly on his ankle when he drove straight down the lane for a layup. He twisted his body to avoid Isaiah Thomas and landed poorly with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter.
This is not the first injury this season for the Spurs. They have learned to adjust when players are injured.
Forward Tim Duncan said, “Obviously a huge loss, he’s been our leader all year long. We’ve played with all different kinds of people throughout this year. We’re going to rally. Pop is going to change some lineups. We’re obviously not going to replace him. But we’re going to have to change the way we play for a little while.”
It is a disadvantage for the Spurs though, considering how well Parker has been playing this season, but they will have to survive several games without him.
In Friday’s game after Parker went out, Manu Ginóbili already began picking up the pace. Ginóbili came off the bench and had 15 assists and scored nine points, reports the Sports Xchange.
There were six other players who scored in the double digits, showing that the team is strong and does not rely on a single player like Parker.
For the Kings it was Marcus Thornton who led the team in scoring with 25 points. Thomas added 18 points to the scoreboard as well. What really got the Kings were turnovers. They had 20 turnovers that the Spurs turned into 26 points.
Tyreke Evans, who scored 10 points for the Kings, said, “They (Spurs) just played good defense. They go hands on deflections, they ran off of our turnovers and we didn’t get back. I think coach (Keith Smart) did the right thing in taking us out, getting new guys in and trying to get us going.”
It will be worth keeping an eye on the Spurs for the next couple of weeks to see how they play without Parker. It will also be interesting to keep up with the Kings and where they will end up next season, Seattle or Sacramento.