The genius of coach Gregg Popovich will be severely tested after the San Antonio Spurs learned Thursday they will be without veteran point guard Tony Parker for the rest of the playoffs.
Parker underwent successful surgery Friday morning to fix his ruptured left quadriceps tendon.
"It's hard to see him limping and hurting now, and you kind of know we're not going to see him any time soon", Ginobili said.
While the 34-year-old Parker is not the dynamic playmaker he was in his younger days, he is still hugely important to the team. To conclude the San Antonio Spurs will send the Rockets back to Houston in 6 games or less.
He appeared to land awkwardly while taking a shot with 8:34 to play Wednesday night and crumpled to the court.
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Parker had an MRI exam Thursday morning to determine the extent of the injury. The team said a timeline for Parker's return will be announced at a later date.
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Now, the Spurs will likely turn to Patty Mills to start in Parker's place. Even rookie Dejounte Murray could see a few opportunities, especially if someone ahead of him in the depth chart gets into foul trouble.
Parker, 34, is a four-time National Basketball Association champion and longtime leader for San Antonio - which many believed could be Golden State's final hurdle for a third-straight Finals appearance. Houston will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals on Friday night.
In Cleveland, James became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer in the postseason with a 39 point performance as the Cavaliers crushed the Toronto Raptors in game two. Houston's James Harden, Washington's John Wall and Golden State's Stephen Curry have all tweaked ankles, yet escaped major harm.
"You lose a good player - somebody else has to step up".
Houston came within eight but San Antonio pushed the advantage back to 15 with timely hits from Danny Green before the Spurs hit just enough free throws to seal the win.
While Houston struggled in transition against a Spurs defense committed to stifling the Rockets' fast break, its offense was seriously undermined by Harden shooting 3 for 17 en route to 13 points.