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Tony Parker out tonight, MRI results pending

Feb 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EST

Tony Parker seems to take one-step forwards, two steps towards the trainer’s table.

The San Antonio Express is reporting that Parker will miss tonight’s game with a hip flexor. This alone is no big deal considering the number of games Parker has missed with plantar fasciitis, but more concering is an upcoming MRI to determine the severity of the injury. The Spurs are in a position to get themselves right and possibly salvage their season with a late run after making no trades at the deadline. But without Parker, the complexion of their team is very different.

Dribble penetration is a vital component of the Spurs’ system, particularly from the point guard position. While George Hill has shown to be a capable back-up, his drive and dish capabilities are limited when compared to Parker.

The Spurs’ season on the surface looks fine, nine games over .500 and DeJuan Blair has been a steal. But within the margins are concerns about their ability to compete with the elite teams in the league, injuries plaguing them, and the Richard Jefferson acquisition seeming like a disaster. If Parker winds up missing significant time, the road to the Western Conference Finals may slip out of sight.

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