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Tony Parker tried hide injury from Popovich; expects to play Wednesday

Feb 25, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili AP

Tony Parker — having a career season where television pundits throw his name in the MVP conversation — didn’t want to sit out.

He did Sunday anyway, missing the Spurs win over Phoenix, but only after his efforts to hide his triceps injury from coach Gregg Popovich fell short, reports Mike Monroe of he Express-News.

An inadvertent elbow from guard Chris Paul hit the Spurs point guard just above the right elbow in Thursday’s game against the Clippers, but Parker stayed mum about how sore he was even after warming up and discovering his perimeter shot was affected by the pain.

“He was a little too much in hero mode,” Popovich said. “He really wasn’t forthcoming. We didn’t realize it until about halfway through the game when he didn’t shoot any (perimeter) shots. I would have sat him in that game, and that’s definitely why we’re sitting him tonight.”

“I told Pop, ‘You know me. I’ve been here 10 years, and I don’t complain about injuries. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t tell you.’ He said, ‘With something like this, you’ve got to tell me.’ ” Parker said.

The good news for Spurs fans is that Parker expects to return to the court Wednesday. This isn’t a long-term thing.

Parker is averaging 21.1 points a game on 53.6 percent shooting, he’s hitting 37.9 percent of his threes and he’s averaging 7.6 assists per game, too. He has a PER of 24.6. He deserves to be in the MVP conversation — third in the conversation, but in it.

  1. drex1 - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    love the pop & parker relationship. seems pop always trying to ground him, parker always trying to sneak out

  2. savvybynature - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Parker is a baller. Those that claim all euro players are soft, take note.

  3. jaerba - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    You really need to stop using PER. It’s basically the worst of the aggregate stats and only survives through ESPN marketing, like Tebow. You’re using the Tebow of stats.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      I think PER is a solid snapshot stat — if you see a guy with a higher or lower than expected PER it can get your attention and have you look at as to why that is. It’s not a stat that has use for a scout, but for a fan or writer looking for just a snapshot it has value.

  4. truprof - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    He’s no French creampuff, unlike his teammate Boris Diaw.

  5. rickyspanish - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Cream puffs are good.

  6. badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    He’s more like a great steak tartar with a glass of Chateau Petrus 1988.

  7. thestudiokida - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    54% shooting is astronomical for a point guard. There are a lot of star players shooting career high percentages this season. Is defense getting worse, offense getting better or ‘other’?

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