Tony Parker has been huge against the Trail Blazers.
The Spurs’ point guard averaged 23.0 points on 52 percent shooting with 6.5 assists per game in Games 1-4 in their second-round series with Portland.
But Parker left Game 5 early in the second quarter and returned to the locker room. He’d shot just 0-for-2 in 10 minutes and hadn’t suffered any obvious injuries, though apparently his hamstring was bothering him.
At halftime, San Antonio ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Injury report: Tony Parker (tightness, left hamstring) will not return to tonight's game.
Up seven entering the second half, the Spurs are in good shape to win this game. Up 3-1 in the series, they’re in even better shape to win this series.
With or without Parker, they should advance to the Western Conference finals.
But losing Parker for longer could prove a huge detriment in later rounds. The Clippers or – and beyond, the Heat – are excellent teams. The Spurs are on that level with Parker. Without him? It will be tough to return to the NBA Finals, let alone win them.
Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)
The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.
Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.
Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation
This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.