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Tony Parker ruled out for rest of Spurs-Trail Blazers Game 5 with injury

May 14, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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Tony Parker has been huge against the Trail Blazers.

The Spurs’ point guard averaged 23.0 points on 52 percent shooting with 6.5 assists per game in Games 1-4 in their second-round series with Portland.

But Parker left Game 5 early in the second quarter and returned to the locker room. He’d shot just 0-for-2 in 10 minutes and hadn’t suffered any obvious injuries, though apparently his hamstring was bothering him.

At halftime, San Antonio ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Up seven entering the second half, the Spurs are in good shape to win this game. Up 3-1 in the series, they’re in even better shape to win this series.

With or without Parker, they should advance to the Western Conference finals.

But losing Parker for longer could prove a huge detriment in later rounds. The Clippers or – and beyond, the Heat – are excellent teams. The Spurs are on that level with Parker. Without him? It will be tough to return to the NBA Finals, let alone win them.

  1. antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Good timing. He’s going to get a lot of rest.

    • kavika6 - May 15, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Yeah, being injured heading into the WCF is perfect timing, for OKC fans.

      • antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        He’ll be fine by the time the next round stars. That series is probably going 7 games.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - May 14, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Of course, once he leaves the game, SA blows it open. Damn their excellence.

    • antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Knock on wood. They’re lucky they weren’t playing a better and more experienced team in this round. A team like the Mavericks…

      • azarkhan - May 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Uhmm, the Spurs beat the Mavericks last round. BTW, did somebody on the Spurs screw your wife? Just asking because you blather endlessly about how the Spurs underachieve under Popovich, how they’re just not that good, blah, blah, blah. Which is all fine if you’re OK with being perceived as an idiot. It’s your call, but I just thought you should know.

      • antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        I didn’t say they’re not good. But they’re being overhyped in these playoffs. You know, Kenny and Chuck said last night that they think the Spurs have played the best basketball in the playoffs… they went 7 games in the first round against a team with the 22nd ranked defense… lol, okay. Then they beat up on the jump shooting Blazers who also have a porous defense. Cool story.

        Yeah, I really don’t care how people perceive me. You can’t be ahead of your time if everyone agrees with you.

        “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

        -Steve Jobs (RIP)

  3. duhwighthoward - May 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Will the NBA fine Popovich for giving one of his stars the night off during the playoffs?

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