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Tony Parker to have “precautionary MRI” on his calf.

May 22, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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There is no need to panic Spurs fans.

Not yet.

Tony Parker has been playing through a sore calf for a while now and playing well — to the tune of 14 points and 18 assists in the Spurs overtime win Tuesday night.

But after the game he was limping a little around the locker room again, according to reports. So the Spurs have decided to be safe, reports Dan McCarney of the Express-News.

Parker and the Spurs have the advantage of being off until Saturday, plenty of time to rest old and sore bodies. (The reason for the long break is the NBA Finals are locked for a June 6 start, so the league needs to drag the second round out a little to prevent a long break.)

There is probably nothing new here, he’s been playing through it for weeks. But it’s a concern in that you can see what happens when he struggles — he was 2-of-8 with no assists in the fourth quarter, helping the Grizzlies comeback.

  1. hwatt - May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Oh yeah, nothing serious, he’s just getting an mri because he’s bored and has nothing else to do. Nothing serious at all

  2. kae0923 - May 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Maybe if would quit “falling” do much he would be ok

  3. andrewproughcfe - May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The one area where Popovich is falling down is leaving his starters in for too many minutes in the close games and overtime games. He did it last year against OK City also.

    He needs to realize he’s got some awesome options off the bench. There’s no reason Parker should be limping and going 2-8 and allowing Memphis back in the game when Gary Neal and Corey Joseph are perfectly good backups that can give him a bit of a rest. Not to mention Patty Mills.

    Also, why isn’t Diaw getting more playing time late in close games? He’s got beautiful touch on his shots, plays smart, aware defense, and is a real asset in the passing and pick-and-roll aspects of the offense.

    Don’t grind these guys down like you did against OKC last year, coach. You’ve got the horses – give the big guys a 2 minute breather every once in awhile.

  4. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I didn’t know that there were different kinds of MRI’s… I understand that one may get an MRI to see if anything is wrong etc… kind of as a precaution… But the MRI should be the same. I wonder what the difference is between a regular, normal MRI and a precautionary MRI?

  5. topdawg4ever - May 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Yes! What was with all the falling down? Every shot- and every missed shot and he’s on the floor! Stupid!

  6. ragingmouse - May 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    If he’s playing with a bad calf, I wonder how in the world the grizzlies would guard him if both of his calves were healthy!

  7. the1nonlyk - May 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    dont b haters u know hes always fallin down cuz he is runnin through the lane at lighning speed. no…no… tp speed. best pg in the league right now hands down what other pg is in the playoffs doling ou 18 assists? 18!!! so please wit all ur nonsense t n btw he has a bruised calf from bogut kicking him duh

  8. the1nonlyk - May 23, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    btw athletes get tests all the time. so it prolly is nothin serious but they r bein smart n makin sure. see spurs actually know how to take care of their players. thats why they r still in this fight. keepin up wit the maintenance baby. #gospursgo

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