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“I will play my best basketball when I return in January”, Parker told L’Equipe. After his injury in the NBA playoffs, the player is on the road to recovery and already wants to give it all for next season. He is expected to make his return with the Spurs in about six to eight months, and he still feels frustrated with the injury: “The first thing that came in when I got injured, was frustration. I was super good and we had the chance to go until the end and get the title.”

When Patty Mills saw Tony Parker at the Spurs’ practice facility on Thursday, Mills made sure to wish Parker a happy birthday and give him a little pep talk. Parker, who turned 35 on Wednesday, was hobbling around on crutches after sustaining a ruptured left quadriceps in Game 2 of the Spurs’ second-round series against Houston that required surgery. “I said happy birthday to him,” Mills said at Spurs’ practice Friday. “From what I was aware of, it was his first day of rehab yesterday. He would like to be better off, and out on the court, but I think he’s trying to take care of his knee at the moment and doing what’s best for him.”

Tony Parker underwent successful surgery to repair the ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered during the Spurs’ Game 2 victory Wednesday, the team announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Schmidt, one of the team’s physicians. The Spurs did not give a timeline for the 34-year-old Parker’s return, but in typical cases it could take eight months or longer to fully recover, said Dr. Josh Bell, a San Antonio orthopedist. “If four to six months, you can usually return to some activity,” said Bell, who works for the Sports Institute of the San Antonio Orthopedic Group. “But that’s not basketball.”

Spurs guard Tony Parker underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio. The exam revealed that Parker has suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred at the 8:52 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Rockets game. Parker will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A timeline for his return will be determined at a later date.

Tony Parker sustained what the Spurs are calling a left leg injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s 121-96 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, which is now tied 1-1. Parker will have an MRI on Thursday. The Spurs’ starting point guard collapsed to the floor clutching his left leg with 8 minutes and 43 seconds left in the game. Parker put his arms around Dejounte Murray and Dewayne Dedmon, and attempted to limp off of the court, but he could not put any weight on the leg.

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.”

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.

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.”
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