Tony Parker was firing on all cylinders in the San Antonio Spurs' 102-92 Game 3 victory over the Golden State Warriors in their second-round NBA playoff matchup, but one shot in particular reminded us that the star point guard can still produce in style. Whatever style this happens to be, anyway.
Tony Parker with the...what do you call that?— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 11, 2013
Okay, Tony Parker really did invent that shot.— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) May 11, 2013
Yeah, maybe he got a little lucky on this one too.
But it took more than luck to put together the kind of night Parker had. Though productive in his first two outings against the Warriors, his 32-point outburst in Game 3—including 25 points in the first half—had a lot to do with a mid-range jumper that suddenly looked smooth as ever.
Absolutely absurd half from Tony Parker. Don't care what homecourt advantage you have, you're not beating the Spurs when he plays like that.— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) May 11, 2013
Relegated to the periphery of recent MVP conversations, there's little doubt that Parker has cemented himself as the Spurs' MVP. Even as Tim Duncan continues to impress at age 37, San Antonio knows Parker is its best option when a game needs to be taken over.
No, Parker's Game 3 didn't quite live up to Stephen Curry's 44-point Game 1 masterpiece, but it was good enough to secure a win the Spurs badly needed after temporarily forfeiting home-court advantage with a Game 2 dud at the AT&T Center.