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Spurs shut Tony Parker down for “foreseeable future” for “variety of maladies”

Feb 18, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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Tony Parker played in the All-Star Game last weekend with a sprained hand.

That’s not to mention his sore back, groin, shin/calf, and hip that he has played through recently. Actually, it might just be quicker to list the places where Tony Parker is not banged up.

Which is why the Spurs are going to do the most Spurs of thing and shut Parker down for a while, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News.

This is what the Spurs do this time of year — don’t worry about the wins, worry about getting healthy for he playoffs. At 38-15 they are the two seed in the West and if they can hold off the Rockets (second in the Southwest Division and two games behind the Spurs) then San Antonio gets a top four seed.

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The West is surprisingly wide open right now. Oklahoma City is clearly the bar that has to be cleared to make the finals, but any number of teams — Spurs, Grizzlies, Clippers, Rockets, Warriors Trail Blazers — could make the case they can make a run to the conference finals and test Oklahoma City.

For San Antonio that only can happen if Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and the rest of them are healthy. So better to rest Parker now and get him right.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I hope you guys are right and he not in any part of the bulls or sixers block buster trades I keep reading about!!!

    • spursareold - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      If Manu had been playing before the ASG, Tony would have been shut down then. They thought he might have a sports hernia. He’s really been carrying a huge load with all of the player injuries they’ve had.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Spurs are in win-now mode. They very rarely make any trade moves, and they’re especially not going to make any trade moves that would hurt their odds of title contention, such as trading away their All-Star point guard in exchange for players from struggling teams.

  2. trevor123698 - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    and i just dropped him in a deep fantasy league. D’oh!

    • 5xchamp24 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      This is exactly why I dont pick any Spurs players on my fantasy teams. Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli as good as they are, miss too many games especially during fantasy playoffs when Pop rests them.

      • trevor123698 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        I can’t be sure about this but I’m fairly certain that they are giving each big name player a month of the season or so to rest

  3. mackcarrington - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Popovich really knows how to take care of his players.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Duncan gets DNP-Old.
    Parker gets DNP-Broken.

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