Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Guard's Ankle and Return

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2016

Jan 12, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Spurs won 109-99. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Tony Parker suffered an ankle injury against the Miami Heat on Feb. 9, but he used the All-Star break to rest the injury and is ready to return to the floor.

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Parker Active vs. Clippers

Thursday, Feb. 18

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reported Parker will play Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Parker Productive Despite Season of Managed Minutes

As often happens with San Antonio's aging players, Parker has been carefully managed by head coach Gregg Popovich. The 33-year-old is averaging a career-low 26.7 minutes and just 12 points per game, but he's been more effective in this role than in the previous two years. 

Parker is shooting over 50 percent from the floor (51.6) for the first time since 2012-13 and has been able to stay healthy this season after struggling through last year in which he missed 14 games. 

The Spurs run a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures in scoring. Still, Parker is an important piece of the puzzle Popovich has assembled in San Antonio, so losing him for any length of time changes the dynamic. 

If the Spurs want to keep pace with Golden State in the Western Conference and make another run at an NBA title, Parker has to be healthy and playing at the level he's been at throughout this season so his return is a welcome sign.