Even in pulling off the second-best record in the Western Conference to date, the Spurs haven’t quite managed to meet their own standards for consistent execution. Gregg Popovich would likely lay the blame for that with the team itself, though San Antonio’s players haven’t at all been helped by a frequent and layered run of injuries. Every week seems to bring some rotation player’s absence, and when compounded those ailments that changes the Spurs’ working conditions dramatically.
San Antonio’s latest scratch, though, is especially painful in that strive for consistency. According to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, Popovich disclosed that All-Star point guard Tony Parker will be sidelined “for the foreseeable future” by a “variety of maladies” — Parker’s latest back tweak undoubtedly among them. That, on top of injuries to Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, leaves the Spurs without their three best perimeter players and terribly understaffed in terms of shot creation. Sports Illustrated
The Spurs take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. They are still in second place in the Western Conference despite all of the injuries compiled this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only team that the Spurs are concerned about, and the Thunder are likely to get the number one seed no matter what at this point.
Sitting Tony Parker is the right move for the postseason. It’s a smart move that will pay dividends in May and June. – AL