Spurs: Tony Parker out rest of playoffs

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The back-and-forth Spurs-Rockets series has taken another, albeit expected, twist.

San Antonio point guard Tony Parker is finished for the playoffs.

Spurs release:

Spurs guard Tony Parker underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio. The exam revealed that Parker has suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred at the 8:52 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Rockets game. Parker will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A timeline for his return will be determined at a later date.

San Antonio must now rely on Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili and maybe Dejounte Murray at point guard.

The Spurs like to use Mills and Ginobili together. Ginobili’s playmaking complements Mills, who’s more of a scoring guard. But staggering those two will be a necessity unless Gregg Popovich is ready to trust Murray, a raw rookie.

On the bright side, San Antonio has fared well when playing Mills without a secondary playmaker – especially with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, exceptional individual scorers, on the floor. It’ll just get tougher when the Spurs, sans Parker, can’t be as selective about when to use those lineups.