Tony Parker is reportedly suffering from tendinitis in his shin.
UPDATE: Saturday, April 6th at 12:15 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they will be without the services of Tony Parker yet again on Saturday night:
Injury report: Tony Parker (sore neck) out tonight, Stephen Jackson (ankle) probable.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 6, 2013
Acording to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News Express, Parker isn't just suffering from a sore neck. He's reportedly day-to-day with a lengthy list of ailments:
Tony Parker is basically day-to-day with his litany of injuries (neck, finger, ankle, shin, knee). None fall into the "serious" category.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 6, 2013
McDonald goes on to say that the Spurs may end the rest of his regular season:
Nobody's going to be surprised if the Spurs shut down Tony Parker for several games here at the end, but playoffs not in doubt.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 6, 2013
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The star point guard had already been held out by Gregg Popovich because of a sore left ankle. This injury would be completely independent of that ankle problem, according to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com:
Pop fears Tony Parker might have tendinitis in shin. Different injury from ankle, says he's very concerned.— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) April 5, 2013
Prior to that injury, Parker was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.
He’s not setting career highs in a lot of categories, but it’s the way in which Parker has put together a complete season that is so impressive.
His shooting percentage is the highest it’s been since 2005-06. But he’s taking over a shot per game more this year than he did back in 05-06. Parker’s points (20.9) and assists (7.6) per game are both the second highest of his career to go along with the best PER (23.7) he’s ever posted.
Earlier in the year, he was named to his fifth All-Star team.
Slowly but surely, the Spurs have gone from being Tim Duncan’s team to becoming Parker’s. Duncan will always be the unquestioned leader, but it’s now Parker who is the most important player on the floor.
It’s become a seemingly annual tradition for people to count out San Antonio because of age. In large part because of Parker’s performance, the Spurs remain the top team in the Western Conference. Even with a 100-88 loss to the Thunder, San Antonio still remains a half-game up on OKC.
Losing Parker, though, would be a debilitating blow to the Spurs’ NBA title chances.