The nagging injuries Parker has endured this season causing him to miss 14 games didn’t bother him. Parker’s inability to get into a rhythm lately due to his latest injury (back stiffness) caused no dismay, either. When it was assumed the 34-year-old was a bit frustrated by it all, Parker smiled and quickly dismissed it. “I feel blessed to be honest,” said Parker after the Spurs’ 118-102 victory over the Kings, “because I’m playing and I’m having fun.”
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“I feel like I’m blessed,” Parker reiterated. “Guys have worse (injuries); you know? Knees, Achilles, stuff like that. I’ve been playing for 16 years. All season long for the Spurs, and then all summer internationally. And the way I play, with speed and going into the trees (the paint), getting hit so many times and going to the ground so many times, I feel very blessed to still be out there.”
Melissa Rohlin: Tony Parker on his back: “I strained a facet, so I just had to wait a week to let it heal. It’s not going to be a chronic thing.”
In addition to missing a pair of games to rest, point time guard Tony Parker has sat out of a total of 16 contests due to right knee soreness, a left quadriceps contusion, a left knee contusion, left foot pain, another quadriceps contusion and back stiffness. “It breaks the team chemistry,” said star forward Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard: “Once you have that unit out here with your five guys knowing who you’re going to play with, who’s going to sub you in and out, I feel like you get better chemistry like that, rather than somebody sitting and not knowing if you’re gonna play.”
“The last time we had the lineup like we’ve had it all year was Jan. 1, when we lost to Atlanta,” Popovich said. “Last night [in Memphis on Mar. 18] was the second time we lost with our full lineup. So from Jan. 1 to last night, we’ve had two losses with a full team without anybody out. So that made me feel a little bit better.”
Melissa Rohlin: Pop said he’s been disappointed by Tony Parker’s injuries throughout the season. Said he hasn’t been able to really get his rhythm.
Signs point to Spurs point guard Tony Parker returning to action Saturday night against the Grizzlies after missing the last four games with what the team called back stiffness. Parker was an active participant in the team’s shootaround Saturday morning and was not included on the injury report released by the team in the afternoon. The Spurs, however, ruled rookie point guard Dejounte Murray out with a left groin injury. The Spurs reported no other injuries.
Jason Quick: No Tony Parker tonight for the Spurs. They will start Patty Mills in his place.
Kawhi Leonard (concussion protocol) is questionable for tomorrow night’s Spurs-Hawks game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray (left groin) and Tony Parker (back stiffness) remain out.
With their abundance of guards, the Rockets pose a matchup problem for 34-year-old Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who has just seven points and six assists in two games since returning from a one-game absence due to a bruised right quad. “He didn’t have his legs tonight the way he needed to,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Saturday. “Tony will be ready to go on Monday.”
Tom Orsborn: Murray will start in place of Parker, who is out with a quad injury, Pop says. #Spurs
Melissa Rohlin: Parker (foot) is probable, Leonard (hand) is questionable and Simmons (wrist) is doubtful vs Pelicans. Gasol (fractured metacarpal) is out.
Jabari Young: #NBA Source: Tony Parker’s MRI came back negative on his foot. Nothing broke. He’s could play tomorrow vs #Pelicans … #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday’s matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker is headed back to San Antonio for further testing on his troublesome left foot, a team source said. Parker is scheduled for an MRI sometime this week, and for now appears doubtful to play during the Spurs’ four-game road trip that opens tonight in Cleveland.
Mike Monroe: Per #Spurs, @Tony Parker (left foot pain) is out for tonight’s game vs. #Cavaliers
Paul Garcia: The Spurs just announced Tony Parker (left foot sprain) is out tonight vs the Nuggets. DEN will be without 4 players.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left Monday night’s 97-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks with an apparent knee injury that coach Gregg Popovich said could keep him out for an extended period. Parker, 34, had started after missing the previous two games with a thigh contusion.
Michael C. Wright: Tony Parker is out tonight as the same knee he hurt in the opener at Golden State is still bothering him. es.pn/2gWGAZJ
Tom Orsborn: Pop says Tony Parker could return as soon as this weekend. #Spurs
Paul Garcia: Spurs announce Danny Green will make his season debut tonight vs the Rockets, but Tony Parker is still out. SA starters yet to play together
Point guard Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee that will force him to miss Friday night’s game against the Jazz, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after shootaround Friday morning. Parker, who also sat out the team’s home opener against New Orleans on Oct. 29, did not make the trip to Utah. He is averaging a sub-par 5.5 points and 4.0 assists per game after posting averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists over 72 games last season. “I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”
Jon Krawczynski: Tony Parker NOT starting today for France against USA. Have to check on that.
Paul Garcia: #FRA Basketball Tony Parker suffered a toe injury in the last game. He will play in quarterfinals next round. #Spurs – RT: Equipe France Basket: #FRAUSA @tonyparker a pris un coup à l’orteil lors du dernier match. Le staff médical des Bleus a souhaité le préserver en vue des quarts.
Tom Orsborn: Tony Parker looked OK walking into the locker room, no limp, no assistance. #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Team official just informed Tony Parker he’s out tonight against the Magic. Parker rolled his ankle Tuesday night against the Magic running into a cameraman.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs announced Tony Parker (soreness – right hip) will be out tomorrow vs Phoenix.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left the team’s 112-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday and didn’t return after experiencing soreness in his right hip. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t provide information about the severity of Parker’s injury. “I haven’t talked to him,” Popovich said. “I don’t know.”
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