Tony Parker will be on the shelf for a while
The Spurs’ great fortune of having a healthy core all year had to go at some point, right? On Sunday night when Tony Parker came up lame in the second quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Grizzlies, it finally did.
Parker left the game and went back to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first half and never re-emerged. Manu Ginobili carried the offensive load and George Hill did a decent job filling in, but the ridiculous dry spell the San Antonio offense went on could probably be attributed to missing Parker.
And if that is indeed the case, well this is great news for everyone:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard Tony Parker has been diagnosed with a strained left soleus after undergoing a MRI earlier today. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. He will not accompany the team on this weekâ€™s road trip to Memphis and Cleveland in order to begin his rehabilitation program in San Antonio.
Basically, Tony Parker strained his calf muscle. Not a terrible injury by any means, but it’s not the best of timing either. This is the stretch run where you want the team to come together before playoffs and tear it up. One could argue that they’ve already done that, but the goal is to peak going into the playoffs.
And if anyone brings up the Lakers losing seven of 11 heading into the playoffs last season, then they have to sit in the corner in silence for 15 minutes.
Really, Coach Pop should simply avoid playing Tony Parker against the Grizzlies for the duration of his tenure with the Spurs. If you’ll recall, it was last season against the Grizzlies when Parker broke his hand and was out until the last week of the season.
This injury shouldn’t be as serious and should give Tony a little more time to get back in the groove before the playoffs. For now, though, the Spurs will be forced to use just their third different starting lineup of the season. At this point, every team would love to have the Spurs’ problems.