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Tony Parker leaves Game 5 with hamstring injury

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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Tony Parker left Game 5 for the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday with hamstring tightness. After he went to the locker room, GM R.C. Buford and the team doctor went to the back to consult on the situation. In the third quarter, the Spurs announced that Parker is done for the game and will not return.

The hamstring has been a consistent issue for Parker for the last few weeks. He’s been receiving treatment and can’t seem to kick it. CBS Sports

This sounds really similar to what happened during last year’s NBA Finals. Everyone forgets that Tony Parker was killing the Heat until he sustained an injury in a Game 3 blowout victory. LeBron James was given credit for slowing Parker down, but the Spurs never let the primary defender guard Parker thanks to their staggered pick and rolls. The Heat’s injury luck never ceases to amaze me.

Panic should be set aside until we see how Parker does when he is back on the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are likely to have a seven game series which would give Parker more time to rest. Let’s all hope he is healthy and able to play up to his high standards for the sake of good basketball. – AL

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