Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Ankle and Recovery

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 29, 2014

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) of France looks on during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Earl K. Sneed of provides an update on Tony Parker's status:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Dave McMenamin of ESPN has the latest on Tony Parker:

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The San Antonio Spurs regained home-court advantage with a 93-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, but it may have come at a price. 

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's Jeff Caplan, he would have to wait until Tuesday to know more: 

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: 

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.