The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the league at 46-14, but for about the next month, they will be without their point guard Tony Parker.
Parker was on his way to yet another great game last night against the Sacramento Kings, when he rolled his left ankle after landing on the foot of Kings’ guard Isaiah Thomas.
Today, Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reported that the injury will keep Parker out for about a month.
Spurs say guard Tony Parker is expected to be out for approximately four weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 2, 2013
Parker is in the midst of arguably his best season ever, averaging 21 points and 7.6 assists per game on 53% shooting. Any other year, Parker might be an MVP candidate. But unfortunately for him, LeBron James has clearly separated himself as the best player in the game and this year’s MVP with his complete dominance of the league.
Trying to replace Parker will be a tough task for the Spurs. But if any team in the league can handle the loss of a star, it’s the Spurs. The team has perfected the ability to find players that can step up and fill roles when necessary.
With about 7 weeks left in the regular season, Parker should be back healthy in plenty of time to get ready for the playoffs. While the injury may cost the Spurs the top seed in the West, having everyone healthy and ready to go for the playoffs is all anyone really cares about in San Antonio.