SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets midway through the fourth quarter with a left leg injury.
The plan is for Parker to get an MRI on Thursday, the team announced.
Asked about the injury after the game, and coach Gregg Popovich simply said “It’s not good.”
The Spurs pulled away after Parker left the game, winning 121-96 to even the series at 1-1.
Parker, the 34-year-old who looked like his younger self in these playoffs while hitting eight of 13 shots before he was hurt, attempted a runner in the lane and fell to floor grabbing his knee with 8:43 remaining. While play ensued, Parker sat still by himself on the other end with his hand firmly affixed to the left knee.
After the break in play, he attempted to walk off the floor with the help of teammates Dewayne Dedmon and DeJounte Murray. But with chants of “Tony, Tony, Tony,” growing inside the AT&T Center, the two players were forced to carry him to the Spurs locker room.
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It appeared Parker was untouched on the play, but that didn’t stop Spurs owner and CEO Julianna Hawn Holt from giving officials a piece of her mind. As Parker was carried through the tunnel, the wife of longtime owner Peter Holt rose from her courtside seat and addressed officials in the kind of direct manner that cost Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander $100,000 not too long ago. In a playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 25, Alexander walked over to officials and appeared to gripe about calls before returning to his seat. The NBA later issued the sizable fine.
The San Antonio Spurs were in prime position to tie the series, up 97-83, when the injury occurred.
Only moments earlier Parker became just the ninth player in NBA history to reach the 4,000 point mark in the postseason.
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