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Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Status and Return
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Updates from Sunday, Mar. 2

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News has the latest on Tony Parker's return:

Updates from Saturday, Mar. 2

The Spurs' official Twitter feed has the latest on Parker:

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 26

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News says Tony Parker is expected to return within the week:

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Gregg Popovich gave an update Tony Parker's status after the All-Star break (via J.A. Adande of ESPN):

Parker agreed with Pop's decision to hold him out, per Adande:

The main thing with Pop, he doesn't want me to play 50 percent, 60 percent. That's the main thing. He wants me to get all of my little stuff healed. So however much time it takes, next time I come back on the court he wants me to be 100 percent. Against Charlotte, against Detroit, I was not myself. He just doesn't want me to play like that.

Updates from Saturday, Feb. 8

According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, Parker is expected to play tonight:

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left the team's Feb. 5 game against the Washington Wizards and will not return after suffering what the team is currently characterizing as lower-back tightness.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News cited the team broadcast as the first to report the news:

San Antonio Express-News reporter Jeff McDonald provided an update from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich:

Parker played 19 minutes in the first half, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting and dishing five assists. It's unclear at what point he suffered the injury, as he seemed mostly in rhythm and was on the floor when the Spurs went into the half. San Antonio announced the injury when it returned from the locker room, and Parker was seen on the bench.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding when he got hurt, the severity of the injury is also shrouded in mystery. The Spurs are typically hyper-conservative during the regular season, with Popovich even sitting his aging core for random games just to rest.

With the team traveling to Brooklyn on Thursday for the second night of a back-to-back, it seems likely that Popovich will sit his All-Star point guard just to avoid aggravation.

San Antonio has also been without guard Manu Ginobili for the past four games with a hamstring injury, and he's expected to miss a few more weeks. He excels at taking the primary ball-handling reins when Parker is out, so his absence will only make Popovich's guard rotation thinner. Cory Joseph, Patty Mills and the newly acquired Shannon Brown should see increased minutes in the interim.

If Parker's injury proves serious, it could affect his status for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game. Coaches selected him to his third consecutive All-Star Game as a reserve, after averaging 18.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game coming into Wednesday night.

An extended injury that causes him to miss the trip to New Orleans would leave the Western Conference to replace three different players, with Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant both out with injuries.

The Spurs, sitting at 35-13, could be in far worse shape. They hold just a one-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 2 seed out West, and a cluster of teams highlighted by the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers is also looming.

Popovich and co. can survive many things, but a long-term Parker injury isn't one of them. But, based on the lack of a clear incident to explain the injury, it seems the team is once again just being safe. 

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