The San Antonio Spurs may have won the game, but victory came at a huge price. They lost Tony Parker, as the point guard suffered a horrible knee injury during the May 3 showdown with the Houston Rockets. After he writhed in pain, Tony needed help to get off the court!
The horrible moment when every San Antonio Spurs fans’ heart stopped beating happened in the fourth quarter of Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. After Tony Parker, 34, failed to score on a teardrop shot, he landed awkwardly on his left leg and immediately collapsed to the floor. He remained motionless for several minutes before struggling to get to his feet. Dejounte Murray, 20, and Dewayne Dedmon, 27, helped carry Tony off the court, according to ESPN.
“It’s not good,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, 68, said afterwards, summing up the severity of Tony’s injury. Though the Spurs’ 121-96 victory evened their playoff series with the Rockets, the loss of Tony could be more devastating than they think.
Update: The team confirmed on May 4 that Tony had a ruptured left quadriceps tendon and will miss the remainder of the playoffs, according to ESPN.
“It’s hard to see him limping and hurting now, and you kind of know we’re not going to see him anytime soon,” Manu Ginobili, 39, veteran Spurs guard, said. “That’s a tough blow. We shall see. We don’t know.” He also added that Tony was “in pain” and “unable to put [any] weight on his leg” after the game.
Earlier in the night, Tony had actually achieved a major milestone. He became the ninth player in NBA postseason history to reach 4,000 career points. He and LeBron James, 32, are the only players to in the league who scored 4k points and dished 1,000 assists in the NBA playoffs.
While Tony’s loss put a sour mood on the Spurs’ win, they’re actually used to playing without him. Tony missed 16 games during the regular season due to injuries, including right knee soreness, a left quadriceps contusion, a left knee contusion, and back stiffness. The Spurs have changed their play style to focus more on running the point through Kawhi Leonard, 25, who had 34 points in the May 3 game.
“The fact we play a different style now, with Kawhi holding the ball a lot and running the high pick-and-roll and creating for others means we don’t need, as much in the past, a point guard that creates for everybody,” Manu told ESPN, before adding that Tony’s injury is still going to have an affect on the team.
“Besides the fact that Tony is our point guard, we are going to miss having him around, his experience, his big shots. It is more than just who is going to start. We are going to miss his presence,” he added.
Do you think that the Spurs are going to be able to recover from Tony’s injury, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think Tony’s injury is going to doom San Antonio?