NBA Playoffs Highlights: Cavaliers Keep Rolling, Spurs Win But Lose Parker


With Tony Parker out for the rest of the playoffs with an injury, the San Antonio Spurs play Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series in Houston against the Rockets.

Spurs: Parker had surgery on Friday to fix the ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left leg.

ABOUT THE SPURS: Parker fell to the floor after attempting a short jump shot with 8:52 remaining and immediately grasped his leg and it was clear the injury was likely of the severe variety when he had to be carried off by two teammates.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 34 points, eight assists, seven assists and three steals and Tony Parker added 18 points. Team-mates and Houston players walked over to console him.

After Sunday's game in Houston the series moves back to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

"It's hard to see him limping and hurting now", Ginobili said.

It's never a good idea to count out the Spurs, but losing Parker, even though he's only a shell of the player he used to be, will be a tough blow. We knew they were going to come out with some aggressiveness.

The Spurs said Parker, 34, had undergone an MRI exam which revealed he had suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon requiring surgery.

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Parker, who turns 35 on May 17, has spent his entire 16-year National Basketball Association career with the Spurs. The Rockets won Game 1 by 27; the Spurs won Game 2 by 25.

Parker's backup is Patty Mills, a 28-year-old veteran who is capable of reasonably covering for Parker. The MVP candidate seemed to struggle as the Spurs dictated the pace of the game, staying big for longer stretches than in a Game 2 win driven largely by Gregg Popovich's willingness to go small.

When asked what stands out in comparison to the performance from the team's 121-96 win in Game 2 over the Rockets, Popovich reiterated his point and replied "Bad offense".

"I just missed shots", Harden said Tuesday night.

For the playoffs, he is averaging 15.9 points per game, nearly six points more than his regular season average. Houston will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals on Friday night. He was in the midst of a throwback postseason, averaging 16 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 61%.

LeBron James scorched Toronto for 39 points and became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer in the post-season as Cleveland rolled to a Game Two triumph.

Regardless of what the Spurs do, and who the Spurs decide to play, Beverley knows they won't just roll over because of one injury.