Tony Parker out for the rest of the playoffs
San Antonio point guard Tony Parker will miss the rest of the postseason after suffering a ruptured left quad tendon in Wednesday’s Game 2 home win over Houston. The Spurs outscored the Rockets 33-13 in the fourth quarter to pull even in the series with a 121-96 victory. They took the cash as 5.5-point favorites.
Parker, the 34-year-old PG who has helped San Antonio win four NBA titles, scored 18 points and dished out four assists without a turnover. After averaging 10.1 points per game during the regular season, Parker had averaged 15.9 PPG while shooting at a 57.9 percent clip from 3-point range in the Spurs’ first eight playoff games.
Although this is a big loss, this isn’t necessarily a complete deal breaker for San Antonio like it would have been several years ago. Patty Mills, Parker’s back-up, is a legit PG who would start for many teams in The Association.
Mills, an eight-year veteran out of Saint Mary’s, has played in 70 career playoff games and been with the Spurs since the 2011-2012 campaign. He is averaging 9.4 PPG this postseason, shooting at a 48.5 percent clip from 3-point land (16-of-33).
As of Thursday afternoon, most betting shops had Houston installed as a 4.5-point home favorite for Friday’s Game 3 at Toyota Center. The total was 215.5 points, while the Spurs were +170 on the money line (risk $100 to win $170).
In other NBA news, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry injured his ankle in last night’s 125-103 Game 2 loss at Cleveland. The Cavs took a 2-0 series advantage over the Raptors by covering the spread in a second straight blowout victory. They are favored by 2.5 points for Friday’s Game 3 at Toronto. The total was 214.5 as of Thursday afternoon, while the Raptors were +125 to win outright.
Lowry, who averaged 22.4 points, 6.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in 60 regular-season contests, is listed as ‘questionable.’