Advanced Scouting: San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies – can they win without Parker
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies 7:00 CST March 1, 2011
Rather than being overly redundant, I’ll just send you to a link of my preview of Sunday’s matchup against the Grizzlies. There is, however, one big change in the outlook of this one: no Tony Parker. In the Spurs’ first real hurdle of the season, Parker is out after suffering a calf injury in the first half of Sunday’s game and is expected to miss a few weeks.
Parker’s resurgence has been instrumental in the Spurs’ remarkable season.Â Thankfully, the Spurs have built a six game lead in the race for home court advantage. Although this greatly hurts their chances of sealing first place in the West, I still like their odds of achieving home court advantage in every round. However, even if the Spurs don’t concede their top ranking, Parker’s injury could put a greater strain on the Spurs other vets, namely Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.
Ginobili played outstanding against the Grizzlies Sunday, putting to rest most suspicions of a slump (although he did miss six of eight treys). But keeping he and Duncan as close to 100%,while making sure Parker returns as healthy and effective for the playoffs as possible, might be even more important than home court itself.
As far as what Parker’s injury means tonight, the Spurs chances obviously drop significantly, but I still give them a slight edge thanks to Rudy Gay’s absence. It’sÂ very close to 50-50, though.