Updates from Friday, April 11
San Antonio Express-News reporter Dan McCarney has the latest on Parker:
Tony Parker will play tonight vs. the Suns, Duncan and Ginobili out per Spurs PR.— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) April 11, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 7
Dan McCartney of the San Antonio Express-News has the latest on Tony Parker
Parker will not play at Minnesota, per @Monroe_SA— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) April 7, 2014
The Spurs later updated Parker's status (via Jeff Caplan of NBA.com):
.@spurs announce Tony Parker has a sprained facet joint & will not play at Minn (Tue) or Dallas (Thurs). Day to day after that.— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) April 7, 2014
Tony Parker was doing pretty much whatever he wanted against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, but a back injury instantly cut his night short.
According to the San Antonio Spurs' official Twitter feed, the veteran point guard, who had 10 points in just nine minutes, left with back spasms and won't return:
Tony Parker (back spasms) will not return to tonight's game.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 6, 2014
The severity of the injury won't be known until after the game, but as the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald pointed out, this continues the string of bad luck for Parker, who recently dealt with Achilles soreness and is averaging just 30.0 minutes per game, the lowest mark since his rookie season:
This just hasn't been Tony Parker's day, his week, his month, or even his year. #whentherainstartstopour— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 6, 2014
San Antonio is still attempting to hold off Oklahoma City for the top spot in the West, but with a comfortable three-and-a-half game lead, it wouldn't be surprising if Gregg Popovich held out Parker down the stretch in an attempt to get him ready for the playoffs.
It's not as though Pop isn't accustomed to resting his stars, and he has a capable backup in Patty Mills, who is averaging 10.1 points in just 18.5 minutes per contest this year.
Either way, though, getting Parker healthy will be crucial if the Spurs want to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June. In his 13th year with the Spurs, he is one of the team's leaders and is a catalyst to the offense when on the floor, so the team will surely be careful in making sure he gets back to full health.