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Tony Parker out injured vs. Bulls; joins Ginobili, Duncan on bench

Feb 11, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida Reuters

Last time Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all for one game the league slapped a $250,000 fine on the Spurs. That was for a nationally televised game against the Heat where the three were healthy but needed rest.

All three will be out again Monday night when the Spurs take on the Bulls.

Parker will be out due to swelling around the knee, the team announced Monday not long before the game.

Duncan (knee) and Ginobili (hamstring) have missed several games in a row with their injuries. While we’re at it, Stephen Jackson is out as well for personal reasons with the blessing of the team.

Is Parker really injured? I don’t know, but don’t expect a fine this time, the Spurs can sell them as legit injuries. This is the result of David Stern fining the Spurs last time — if I were going to rest guys now I’d use the injury excuse to keep the league at bay. The injury may be legit, but I trust nobody at this point.

Parker has been playing better than anyone in the league not named LeBron lately — he has averaged 26.4 points a game on 58.4 percent shooting with 9.6 assists a game his last 10 games. Even the Spurs, who just seem to plug in reserves you’ve never heard of that can play, will miss him a lot.

We’ll have to see if these injuries impact Duncan and Parker’s ability to play in the All-Star Game this weekend.

  1. ajw21 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    As a spurs fan I love it when Pop flips off Stern! Stern won’t change the way the Spurs operate!

  2. hodaghunter - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    And they still destroyed the Chicago Bulls in Chicago tonight… someone explain to me again why Tom Thibodeau is everyone’s pick for coach of the year over Pops?

    • fredagsedb - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Probably because noone ever has won consecutive Coach of the Year awards, and it would take something truly exceptional for that to change. I love the Spurs and Popovich. What the organization and Popovich has done over the last 16 years is truly exceptional, and when he retires at some point, after presumably keeping his record going of consecutive 50 wins seasons till he stops, he will of course be a first ballot HOF.

      But what I can see about nature of the COTY award throught the last decade at least, there is more of an emphasis on which coach has brought the most significant improvement to his team, primarily through his actions, not just that they got a new player. So I very much doubt that he would win it again this year. But if anyone should change the trend and get the award 2 years in a row Popovich is as good a candidate as I can name among active coaches

      • fredagsedb - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        *Because you’re not showing improvement by continually winning 70+ percent of your games. Even though it’s truly great

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