Parker scored a season-high 27 points (11-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists and two rebounds across 31 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 win over the Grizzlies in Game 6 of the series. Though Kawhi Leonard is the Spurs' clear go-to player on offense these days, Parker has shown during the first round of the playoffs that his underwhelming regular season numbers weren't an accurate reflection of his talents. Aside from a scoreless effort in Game 3, Parker provided the Spurs with efficient complementary scoring throughout the series, averaging 16.3 points and 1.3 three-pointers in 27.2 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. He saved his best outing of the season for the closeout game and was nearly flawless in the first half, making six of his seven shot attempts. Parker should be primed to see an even larger share of minutes in what figures to be a more competitive series in the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.
Parker was held scoreless (0-4 FG) over 19 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series, producing just one rebound overall. The veteran point guard had served as an effective complementary scoring presence over the first two games of the series, averaging 16.5 points on 13 field-goal attempts and 53.8 percent shooting. Thursday proved to be the diametric opposite, as Parker was minimally involved in what was a fairly decisive loss and also saw a drop below 20 minutes for the first time in the series. This type of result was par for the course periodically for Parker during the regular season, however, so he could well bounce back with a much better outing in Game 4 on Saturday night.
Parker provided 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes during Saturday's 111-82 victory over the Grizzlies. Parker made easy work of opposing point guard Mike Conley in limited minutes, knocking down two three-pointers for just the second time all season on route to 18 points. Though his assist numbers leave something to be desired, fantasy owners likely got their money's worth if they started Parker, who is averaging just 10.1 points per game on 46.6 percent shooting on the season.
Parker posted two points (1-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two assists across 20 minutes during a 98-87 loss to the Clippers on Saturday. After Parker didn't see the court in Friday's win over the Mavericks due to a coach's decision, he managed just two points in Saturday's start. He had scored in double figures in his last three games played. The team doesn't have much of a reason to give the veteran a ton of playing time down the stretch with the playoffs looming.
Parker (coach's decision) didn't see the court in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday. The Spurs essentially ran out their "B Team" Friday, as coach Gregg Popovich made just eight players available while holding out most of his key veterans and restricting the workloads of two other rotation players in Patty Mills (18 minutes) and Dewayne Dedmon (18 minutes) in the front end of a back-to-back set. Parker had only received 16 minutes in the last game in which he suited up Wednesday against the Lakers, and that may represent a good estimate of what level of playing time to expect him to receive if he plays Saturday against the Clippers. The Spurs are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, so it seems highly likely that Popovich will limit Parker's court time over the final three games of the regular season, if not hold him out entirely of one or more of those contests. He should see close to a 30-minute workload in most games once the postseason arrives.
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