With Tony Parker out for the remainder of the postseason, the San Antonio Spurs needed someone to step up and help Kawhi Leonard.
The Houston Rockets host the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the Western Conference semifinals on May 5 at 9:30pm EST. Earlier in the contest, Parker became the ninth player in National Basketball Association postseason history to reach 4,000 career points.
Said coach Gregg Popovich after the game: "It's not good". The power forward has reached the 20-point mark just once in eight playoff games, and he's averaging 11 points per game in the Spurs' three losses. Because of winning Game 1 in San Antonio, the Rockets now go back home and have a chance at taking control of this series.
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Meanwhile, Houston's James Harden has also shared his concern about his fellow baller, saying (via ESPN), "You never want to see a player injured, especially a guy like TP, who is closing down at the end of his career". He might have been Toronto's bright spot in Game 2 with 22 points in 25 minutes, and he'll have to play a big role in Game 3 if the Raptors are going to make this a series.
Stick around for more on how this will affect the rest of San Antonio's playoffs.
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James Harden and Co. shot 17 of those attempts early in the shot-clock; 12 of which was put up while the shot-clock had 18, or more, seconds remaining, according to NBA.com/Stats; which means that a decent share of Houston's long-balls came in transition or semi-transition.
Said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni: "I hate it for Tony Parker".
Parker missed 16 games in the regular season and San Antonio went 12-4.
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Regardless of what the Spurs do, and who the Spurs decide to play, Beverley knows they won't just roll over because of one injury. "Of course he's going to be missed", Popovich said.
Popovich, who notoriously doesn't like doing interviews during games and usually, like Bill Belichick in the National Football League, gives non-answers to show his displeasure.
"You know how a player is playing you", he said.