The San Antonio Spurs were dealt a death blow with the loss of Tony Parker to a quadriceps injury. Everyone quickly counted San Antonio out of the Houston series because they viewed Parker as an integral player for the Spurs to initiate the offense. Tony Parker is one of the best point guards to ever play the game. The team would seem to suffer in Parker’s absence but that will not be the case.
Parker was the Spurs 2nd leading scorer in the Memphis Series but he only averaged 27 minutes per game. Gregg Popovich understood ahead of time Tony would play a limited role in their playoff run. Popovich can only play Parker in sporadic minutes. Limited minutes would not be beneficial against Rockets who were running the San Antonio out of the gym.
Spurs can and will Bounce Back
San Antonio’s offense is based on ball movement and body movement. Popovich only needs an initiator which was once Tony Parker, but has now became Kawhi Leonard. The beauty of Pop is not one player can dominate the ball scoring and defense is dictated by the team concept.
Kawhi Leonard is not solely responsible for the Spurs offense nor is Tony Parker. Mike D’antoni on the other hand is extremely dependent on James Harden. Harden has a bad Game and Houston is dead in the water. Spurs are nowhere as nearly dependent on one player.
That being said San Antonio can still run the same sets and be effective because the machine works regardless of who is playing. Popovich can be encouraged as the team has a similar record with or without Parker. The Houston Rockets are horrendous on defense so there will not be let down down in the Spurs offense since there is little resistance by Houston.
Tony Parker brings an air of familiarity and he regulates the pace of the game. While his contributions will be missed Make no mistake no one man is bigger than the Team for the Spurs. As long as the Klaw and Lamarcus Aldridge are in the game Spurs have more than a punchers chance to win the series.