The San Antonio Spurs return home with a 1-1 split of the first two games they so desperately wanted to happen, but they also go to San Antonio with an even more banged up Tony Parker in the Western Conference playoffs.
San Antonio officials said Parker had tightness in his right Achilles tendon, forcing the guard to leave the Spurs’ overtime victory over the Clippers Wednesday night at Staples Center with five minutes, 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs didn’t practice Thursday.
“I hope he’s able to play and play well for us,” Duncan said late Wednesday night. “We need him for that. He’s a big part of what we do, obviously. So him not 100% hurts us.”
Parker also suffered a twisted left ankle and bruised left thigh in Game 1.
He has struggled in the first two games of the series, averaging just 5.5 points on 23.5% shooting and 3.0 assists in 29 minutes per game. He missed all six of his field goals in Game 2 and finished with just one point.
So despite the Spurs taking the home-court advantage away from the Clippers, the defending NBA champions know they need a healthy Parker.
“I honestly don’t know,” Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said later Wednesday night when asked about Parker’s injury. “But he went to the locker room and didn’t come back.”