Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs is enjoying an MVP caliber season. Unfortunately, his season is now on hold. Parker suffered an ankle injury Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wasn’t too optimistic after the game: “He’ll be out a while. It’s a good one.”
And by “good”, Popovich means “bad” — very bad if you’re a fan of the Spurs.
With Parker out, the Spurs will turn to their assortment of backup point guards. Players on the Spurs capable of running point guard with their MVP sidelined include Gary Neal, Nando De Colo, Patrick Mills and Corey Joseph. On Friday night, Joseph was the first backup point guard off the bench — but that could obviously change. De Colo has started games this season when Parker was out.
The Spurs are now 46-14, which is the best record in the MVP. That said, they will be hardpressed to keep up that winning percentage unless Parker is able to return relatively fast.