Updates from Wednesday, April 30
Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com provides an update on Tony Parker's status:
Gregg Popovich says Tony Parker (ankle) will play. "He says he's playing. I don't think I have a vote." #DALatSAS— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) April 30, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Dave McMenamin of ESPN has the latest on Tony Parker:
Tony Parker has a grade 1 sprain in his L ankle, according to Gregg Popovich. He is considered day to day. Game 5 is Wednesday— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 29, 2014
Point guard Tony Parker left American Airlines Center with a left ankle injury and a noticeable limp. As far as the severity, he told reporters, via NBA.com's Jeff Caplan, he would have to wait until Tuesday to know more:
Concern for Spurs: Tony Parker turned ankle, left with it taped and limping some. Asked what he thinks said: "We'll see tomorrow."— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) April 29, 2014
It has been a bit of an up-and-down series for the veteran. After scoring just 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting during Game 4 on Monday, he's now averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per contest for the series, numbers well below his season output.
As ESPN Stats & Info noted, he hasn't fared so well in the second half, either:
Tony Parker is averaging 3.3 points in the 2nd half against the Mavericks this series. He is averaging 14 points in the 1st half #SAvsDAL— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 28, 2014
Moreover, while it's hard to imagine Parker missing Game 5 on Wednesday, the Spurs have options if he is sidelined. Patty Mills is an instant-offense type player who has proven capable of filling in for Parker, and San Antonio has the depth to get production from all over the court.
Still, Parker's ability to create off the dribble is always important, and on Monday, he showed his ability in clutch situations, knocking down a key jumper to put the Spurs ahead by three in the final two minutes.
If he is forced to miss the crucial Game 5 or play at less than 100 percent, taking the series lead is going to get much more difficult for the Spurs.