The San Antonio Spurs have had another fantastic regular season and many would argue that veteran guard Tony Parker has been the biggest reason why. That’s why the organization and Spurs fans were dismayed to hear about his latest injury.
Parker sustained a sprained ankle during San Antonio’s 130-102 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday. He left the game and did not return. After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Parker was determined to have a Grade 2 sprain and is expected to miss four weeks of court time, according to the Spurs, via ESPN.com.
The injury occurred in the third quarter as Parker drove the lane against Isaiah Thomas and came down awkwardly, rolling his left ankle. He continued down to the other end, but then had to be helped off the court.
The Spurs still have the best record in the NBA at 46-14 and certainly aren’t in danger of missing the playoffs, but Parker’s one-month absence will undoubtedly affect how the team finishes the season. Parker is enjoying one of the best years of his career this season and is leading the team is points (21 per game) and assists (7.8 per game).
We’ll have to see how the Spurs fare in their first game without their point man when they host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.