Parker provided 22 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one steal, and one block across 32 minutes during the Spurs' 111-97 loss to the Thunder in Sunday's Game 4. Parker had more turnovers (four) than assists, but he looked very much like the vintage version of himself from mid-range and inside the paint. This was his highest point total in the postseason, and the most points he has scored in a game since Feb. 24. After starting out the second round slowly as a scorer, Parker has strung together two straight solid showings, and he will need to play well again in Game 5 for San Antonio to regain the series lead.
Parker collected 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and five assists over 35 minutes in Friday's 100-96 Game 3 victory over the Thunder. The veteran point guard's only pair of free throws on the night were monumental, as they came with 18 seconds remaining and the Spurs clinging to a 98-96 lead. The scoring haul marked Parker's first double-digit point total of the series, and only his third in seven postseason tilts to date. The boards and three-pointers also represented playoff highs, and Friday's output served as the 33-year-old's best all-around game in the postseason to date. While he isn't always asked to provide a similar level of offensive contribution, occasional stat lines from Parker the likes of which he generated Friday will be pivotal to the Spurs' championship aspirations.
Parker could only muster two points (1-3 FG) but dished out 12 assists and hauled in four rebounds over 27 minutes in Saturday's 124-92 Game 1 second-round victory over the Thunder. With teammates Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge particularly humming along-- and Danny Green serving as the third wheel with 18 points-- Parker wasn't needed much on the scoreboard. Instead, he helped the Spurs dish out a whopping 39 dimes in total in what was an outstanding night for the offense overall. Parker figures to be called upon for much more offensive contribution in coming games, but played his role to perfection Saturday.
Parker finished with six points (3-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, one rebound, and one steal in 23 minutes during the Spurs' 94-68 win against the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Parker scored 15 points and dropped six dimes in just 21 minutes during the series opener on Sunday, but it's not easy to deliver those types of numbers while playing less than half the game. Parker is unlikely to be pushed much in the first round of the playoffs versus an injury-ravaged Grizzlies group, and his stats could suffer as a result. Still, the Spurs are gearing up for what could potentially be the final run in the Parker-Tim Duncan-Manu Ginobili era, and the future Hall-of-Fame point guard will need to play well for San Antonio to advance far out West.
Parker (rest) will not accompany the team to Dallas for Wednesday's regular season finale, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Several of the Spurs' key players won't make the trip to Dallas for Wednesday's game, as they prepare for their first round matchup. Look for Patty Mills to see extended run at point guard Wednesday.
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