San Antonio Spurs star point guard Tony Parker has been in and out of the Spurs' lineup over the last week and a half as he continues to deal with a rib injury.
Continue for updates.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Parker Out vs. Knicks
ESPN 1250 in San Antonio confirms Tony Parker will miss tonight's game against the New York Knicks:
Although it doesn't sound like Parker will be out for long according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop expects Parker will be back "pretty quickly." Just not tonight.12/11/2014, 12:08:22 AM
Saturday, Dec. 7
Parker Doubtful vs. Timberwolves
Paul Garcia of Project Spurs has an update on Parker's status:
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs announce Tony Parker (mild strain, left hamstring) is doubtful tonight vs. Wolves. Mills, Splitter remain out.12/6/2014, 6:39:02 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Parker Probable For Wednesday
The Spurs confirm that Tony Parker is probable for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Monday, Dec. 1
Parker Out vs. 76ers With Bruised Ribs
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported on Tony Parker's status ahead of Monday's game:
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Spurs Tim Duncan (rest), Tony Parker (bruised ribs) & Tiago Splitter (tightness, right calf) are out for tonight’s game at Philadelphia.12/1/2014, 5:54:09 PM
Parker is part of the marquee trio also featuring Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili that has carried the Spurs to sustained success, including another NBA title last postseason.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has tended to rest his veterans during the regular season as it is, so it's likely that San Antonio will play it safe with Parker, presuming his injury isn't of the extreme variety.
ESPN First Take personality Skip Bayless proclaimed Parker and Ginobili as the Association's best backcourt before the season started:
First Take @FirstTake
"If the money is on the table give me @tonyparker & @manuginobili RIGHT NOW over Steph & Klay." - Skip #BestBackcourt http://t.co/Zlrxd83PPq10/1/2014, 3:51:30 PM
Unfortunately, the Spurs can't count on capable backup Patty Mills, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury for the time being. Therefore, the responsibility falls on Cory Joseph to step up and fill in until Parker is fit to return.
Joseph appeared confident before the 2014-15 campaign began about his role, per NBA.com's Fran Blinebury:
I feel comfortable now on the team and in the offense and the system and I'll play any role and do whatever they ask of me. I'm not looking at it like 'this is my big chance.' It's always your chance every day you come to practice and show that you are capable of doing your job. That's what you want to do—prove to the coach that he can trust you.
Although he isn't the three-point marksman Mills is, Joseph can distribute the ball effectively and ought to fare well on the defensive end of the court. There is enough experience and talent around him to tide the Spurs over for now.
With how savvy of a coach Popovich is, how deep San Antonio's bench has proven to be and with the rise of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs should be fine in the short term sans Parker.
As long as they stay in prime playoff position, no one can count out San Antonio from championship contention.