Spurs rebound to beat Rockets, but lose Parker

Spurs rebound to beat Rockets, but lose Parker

Spurs rebound to beat Rockets, but lose Parker

Losing Parker is huge for San Antonio, obviously. Rockets drop game 2 to SpursWith 8:43 left in the fourth quarter, Parker immediately clutched at his left knee after a driving floater over Patrick Beverley and collapsed to the court, where he lay motionless for several minutes.

Sources: Spurs guard Tony Parker expected to undergo season-ending surgery. The Spurs announced on Thursday, May 4, 2017, that Parker has a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left leg. There was a collective gasp as Spurs fans watched Parker in agony on the floor of the AT&T Center.

Game 4 is Sunday in Houston.

Said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni: "I hate it for Tony Parker".

Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night that Parker was in significant pain and unable to bear weight on his left leg.

In addition to being the focal point of the offense, Leonard has taken the lead role in guarding Harden, one of the top scorers and playmakers in the league.

Coach Gregg Popovich and his staff spent the early part of Thursday mulling how to juggle lineups without their longest-tenured player steering the ship.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points after being limited to four in the opener, and Danny Green added 12.

Parker's team meanwhile were looking ahead to life without the guard as they prepared for Game 3 of their series against Houston later Friday. That could be the case in the conference semifinals, as well, as Leonard looks to get more out of his teammates, namely his star big man. He finished with thirty- four points and eight assists. When Parker pushes the pace offensively, the Spurs can throw a variety of faster- and slower-paced attacks at their opponent.

The Spurs are above any one player - the team dynamic ensures that. Lowry scored 20 points but spent the fourth quarter in the locker room icing his ankle. He should rise to the occasion when called upon. Murray should get a start and his first playoff appearance in his career. Will Murray make mistakes?

But, as is nearly always the case, Gregg Popovich's group had an immediate and resounding response. Houston has to get back to playing fast and free, and they've just got to knock down their threes. The Spurs have now regained homecourt advantage in the series and now lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Spurs guard Tony Parker is carried off the court after being injured during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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