NBA Power Rankings: Has Tony Parker's Injury Changed the Balance of Power?
NBA Power Rankings Have San Antonio At The Top, But Has Tony Parker's Injury Changed Things?
Tony Parker will be out two-to-four weeks as he recovers from a calf injury and that's a huge blow to the San Antonio Spurs.
Parker has had a great season and alongside Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, the Spurs have raced out to the best record in basketball. But now that Parker's out for an extended period of time, have things changed in the Western Conference?
The short answer is no, but the long answer is because of San Antonio's depth. The Spurs have sneaky depth and with Gregg Popovich pulling the strings on the bench, San Antonio has all of the ability to win against top teams. Ginobili is having a great year and if the Spurs can continue to get solid production from George Hill, San Antonio can bridge the gap.
While Dallas is creeping in the Western Conference, I'm not as big of a fan of this team with Caron Butler on the shelf. The Mavericks have plenty of talent, but this doesn't create the room for Dallas to pass the Spurs in the balance of power in the West.
Parker will be missed, but San Antonio certainly has the horses to bridge the gap between now and then. His presence will be really missed when the Spurs take on the Heat, a matchup that would have played right into Parker's hands.
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