The most thrilling match-up in the National Basketball Association playoffs has turned out to be the San Antonio Spurs versus the Houston Rockets, as both teams are so worthy of making the Western Conference finals.
The Spurs said Thursday that Parker has a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left leg.
He appeared to land awkwardly while taking a shot with 8:34 to play Wednesday and crumpled to the court.
Going home to Houston, with Tony Parker out for the series, there was pressure and expectations on the Rockets to take control of their series against the Spurs on Friday night.
Parker had an MRI exam Thursday morning to determine the extent of the injury. The timeline for his recovery and return has not yet been determined, the team said in a statement.
Patty Mills, who will start in Parker's place now, spoke slowly and his voice was thick with emotion as he talked about Parker. Even rookie Dejounte Murray could see a few opportunities, especially if someone ahead of him in the depth chart gets into foul trouble. Parker turns 35 in a couple of weeks, and it's a shame to see a serious injury undercut one of the most positive stories of the Spurs' 2017 playoff run.
The Spurs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
The Spurs have now regained homecourt advantage in the series and now lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Kawhi Leonard shrugged off a sluggish start to finish with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Two huge voids as they go toe-to-toe with the high-powered Rockets in hopes of another trip to the Western Conference finals.
San Antonio was up by six entering the fourth quarter and had a five-point lead with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining when Harden was given a technical foul for complaining after not getting a call. You can't win in the playoffs with just Batman, you need the whole Justice League.
The Rockets lost Game 2, 121-96, due in part to shooting 44.6 percent, including 11-of-34 from three-point range.
Spurs reserve Jonathon Simmons provided a lift, scoring consecutive baskets at the close of the third quarter and then opening the fourth by diving into the front row of seats to save a loose ball that led to Manu Ginobilis layup.