The San Antonio Spurs managed to even the series with the Houston Rockets after a 121-96 victory on Wednesday night at AT&T Center. However, coach Gregg Popovich is facing a huge dilemma after losing starting point guard Tony Parker due to injury.
“It’s not good,” Popovic said after the game. Tony Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. He will miss the remainder of the playoffs since injury requires a season-ending surgery. Parker is undeniably a huge loss for the Spurs, especially now that the series shift to Houston.
However, the Spurs should keep their focus and trust the remaining players on their roster. With Parker out, coach Gregg Popovich is expected to use Patty Mills as their starting point guard in Game 3 while Manu Ginobili grabs the primary backup role. Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard also sees himself playing as a point forward in the succeeding games.
James Harden, Trevor Ariza talk about Tony Parker’s injury
Despite Parker’s injury, the Houston Rockets don’t want to be overconfident in beating the Spurs in a best-of-seven series. James Harden believes that the Spurs are still a tough team as long as coach Gregg Popovich is on their side. Harden also gave a message for Parker, wishing him a speedy recovery.
“You never want to see a player injured, especially a guy like TP, who is closing down at the end of his career,” Houston star James Harden said. “He’s been playing well all postseason. It’s tough. We say a prayer for him.”
Meanwhile, Rockets forward Trevor Ariza also expressed his sentiment regarding Parker’s injury. Ariza believes Parker’s absence will leave a huge hole for the Spurs.
“What he brings to their team, I don’t know how you replace that,” Ariza said. “Not saying they don’t have good enough players to step in. But what he brought to that team, I think it’s unmatched.”
Should the Spurs start finding a replacement for Tony Parker?
Parker spent 17 NBA seasons with the Spurs and helped them win four NBA championship titles. At 34, it is hard to deny that Parker is not already in his prime and on the near end of his career. After suffering another injury, there are speculations about his potential retirement.
This will leave a huge hole for the Spurs. As of now, none of their backcourt players can replicate the same performance Parker is doing for the team. In the upcoming offseason, the Spurs should start finding Parker’s replacement either via the draft, free agency, or trade market.
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