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Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Achilles and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

USA Today

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers with an ankle injury. He will play in Game 3 on Friday.

Continue for updates.


Parker Will Play in Game 3

Friday, April 24

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reported that Parker will play in Game 3:

The Spurs announced at Friday's shootaround that starting point guard Tony Parker will play tonight in Game 3 of their first-round series with the LA Clippers in Game 3.

"I didn't doubt he was going to [play]," teammate Tim Duncan said. "I'm glad he's feeling better and ready to rock. He wants to turn this playoffs around. He stumbled out a little bit with his ankle, and he's hoping to have a good one tonight."

On April 23, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that while Parker is expected to play in Game 3, the team remains concerned about the point guard's injury:

Late word out of the Spurs' locker room Wednesday night, according to a person briefed on the matter, is that Parker is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday night in San Antonio. But there is legitimate concern within the organization about how effective he will be, and about the injury becoming a recurring problem throughout the series.

According to the Spurs' official Twitter account, the 32-year-old veteran suffered an Achilles injury Wednesday against the Clippers and wouldn't return:

San Antonio Spurs @spurs

Tony Parker (tightness right Achilles) will not return to tonight's game.

Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reported that Parker's condition was unknown after the game.

The defending champion Spurs have leaned heavily on Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili over the years, and while head coach Gregg Popovich has done everything possible to protect them, they have all dealt with various injuries over the course of their careers.

Parker has missed a handful of games during the 2014-15 season, many of them coming due to a hamstring injury in December. He sat out 13 of the next 16 games, and while the Spurs struggled during that time, they have since recovered in a big way.

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Not only has the accomplished Frenchman played some spectacular basketball, but he has also been willing to fade into the background and defer to his younger teammates.

The six-time All-Star eloquently explained his role and the emergence of Kawhi Leonard to McCarney:

Dan McCarney @danmccarneyNBA

One of the better quotes I can ever remember from Parker, on striking balance with Leonard: http://t.co/7AzeVMoM0z

While the Spurs may be evolving into Leonard's team, it is blatantly obvious that more experienced players like Parker will continue to be the key to San Antonio's success in the immediate future.

With that said, Parker's comments suggest that the Spurs are talented and deep enough to thrive even if they have to play without him for a short period of time.

Parker's presence is invaluable since he is a four-time NBA champion and a former NBA Finals MVP, but the Spurs are one of the few teams built to handle injuries to star players due to their team concept. Patty Mills will be asked to step up while Parker recovers.

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