Tony Parker Could Be “Out a While”
The soaring San Antonio Spurs recently lost their MVP candidate and point guard, Tony Parker, to a left ankle injury that could sideline him for a few weeks. After the game Gregg Popovich said, "He'll be out a while; it's a good one. He's been a stalwart for us. He's having an All-Star season. As I've said, he's playing better than any other point guard in the league consistently through the year. We will miss him."
Parker is the catalyst for the Spurs offense and was averaging a blistering 26ppg, 8apg, with a 54%fg. While the Spurs are used to injuries by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, they have yet to play without their speedy point guard for an extended amount of time.
Obviously a huge loss, he's been our leader all year long," Tim Duncan said. "We've played with all different kinds of people throughout this year. We're going to rally. Pop is going to change some lineups. We're obviously not going to replace him. But we're going to have to change the way we play for a little while."
Manu Ginobili has been the Spurs unofficial point guard when he’s been in the game and showed that he is more than capable of handling the back-up point guard duties. Manu dished out a career high 15 assists against the Kings Friday evening.
"We'll have to play better," Ginobili said. "We're going to have to move the ball really well, because what he creates off the dribble, nobody will be able do it."
In the mean time, look for rookie point guard, Nando De Colo, to take care of the starting point guard duties while Parker is out.