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Spurs’ Tony Parker out at least two games with shin injury

Dec 17, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

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San Antonio’s ability to be without a player, just plug in another guy and make it work is the stuff of legend.

However, it’s a lot harder for them to do this with Tony Parker than anyone else — he is the focal point of the offense. Yet that’s what the Spurs are going to have to do this week in an already difficult back-to-back.

Parker will be out for at least two games due to a shin contusion, the team announced Tuesday. The injury happened in the Spurs loss to the Clippers. Parker will miss Wednesday night against the Suns, also Thursday night in a nationally televised game against Golden State.

We say at least, remember it was a shin contusion that had Eric Bledsoe missing 10 games. Let’s hope that is not the case here.

Parker is averaging 17.4 points a game on 51.4 percent shooting, he is shooting 40 percent from three, and dishing out better than six assists a game. Those numbers are actually down from last year.

If you wonder what this really means to the Spurs, just think back to the NBA Finals when Parker led the Spurs to the brink of an NBA title, looking like the third best player in the game. Now the Spurs will rely on Patty Mills, Nando De Colo and Cory Joseph. It’s not the same.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Parker gets these little injuries scattered throughout the season ev-er-y year. This is nothing, they’ll be fine in the meanwhile.

  2. jerdogthompson - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I got a $100 bucks that’s says this will be upgraded from a contusion to a fracture.

    I don’t wish that on Phony Parker but when your old those bones are kinda brittle.

    Who is his back up exactly? Green? I’m asking cause I just don’t know.

    • azarkhan - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      There are a lot of things you don’t know, especially when it comes to Tony Parker, the Spurs and basketball. But at least you are able to amuse us.

  3. rgledz - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    He probably did it while pushing off on somebody to get open. He does it all of the time and never gets called for it……much like the entire Spurs team doesn’t get called for anything.

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