Spurs guard Tony Parker undergoes successful surgery on injured quad

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker underwent surgery on Friday to fix his ruptured left quadriceps tendon, the team announced.

After losing Game 1 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets in embarrassing fashion, the San Antonio Spurs responded in Game 2 in a big way. Harden did average 12 assists in the two contests but his overall numbers are a significant dropoff from the regular season, when he averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 assists and nine rebounds in four games against the Spurs. He rose to his feet but was unable to put any pressure on his left leg to walk, so he was carried off the court by rookie guard Dejounte Murray and center Dewayne Dedmon.

Popovich said after the game that it didn't look good, and the Spurs' fears were confirmed after an MRI on Thursday.

Tied at one game apiece, the series between the Rockets and Spurs now shifts to Houston. Patty Mills was the primary point guard without Parker and Ginobili served as the lead backup. His 15.9 points per game were second only to Kawhi Leonard, as he provided much-needed secondary playmaking for a Spurs team that sometimes struggles to generate offense. The incident took place when Parker missed a short layup and landed underneath the Rockets' basket. Tony Parker added 18 points, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the victory. The shooting guard's supporting cast was deadly from behind the arc as the team made 22 of their 50 three-point attempts. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Spurs Special Forces is sort of a amusing version of The A Team with Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan being the best characters, although Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have their moments. "It's tough. But we have to keep going".

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Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets had chances of taking important 2-0 leads of their respective series.

"I just hope he is OK because we need him the next game", Leonard said. "That is when we got anxious".

Parker isn't what he used to be, but the Spurs are obviously better off with him than without him.

"I do what the team needs", Aldridge said. "It's painful, but I'm not going to complain about it. Get treatment and get ready to play in Game 3".

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