Tony Parker’s injury against the Houston Rockets in game two looked bad from the moment it happened. It turned out to be a season-ending blow for the Spurs’ point guard.
According to multiple sources including the San Antonio Spurs themselves, Tony Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon on Wednesday night. He’ll miss the reason of the postseason, giving the Houston Rockets an advantage at the point guard position.
Tony Parker Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/i3SUAo9Map
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 4, 2017
This puts the Rockets in somewhat of a lose-lose situation. If they lose the series, it reflects poorly on the team for not being able to take advantage of a clear hole in the Spurs’ lineup. If they win the series, naysayers and casual fans will be all too quick to point out Parker’s injury, taking credit from Houston.
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Also, fans just don’t get to watch a fantastic point guard play basketball. Tony is clearly one of the best floor generals of this era and is still quite productive despite his age. He was in the midst of a throwback postseason, averaging 16 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 61%.
While it might not feel as good in the end now, the Houston Rockets will have to use Parker’s absence to benefit them. They’ll be able to focus more on stopping Kawhi Leonard‘s offensive prowess with a lesser point guard at the helm.
In the end, every postseason in the history of the NBA has been affected in some way by injury. It is simply part of the game. The Houston Rockets have an opportunity to make something of their newfound advantage, and should look to do just that.
Game three tips off today at 8:30 CT and will be broadcast on ESPN. Let’s see what the Rockets can do against the Parker-less Spurs in Houston.