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Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 8:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The San Antonio Spurs on Monday announced that guard Tony Parker has been diagnosed with a strained left soleus after undergoing an MRI. He is expected to miss two to four weeks and will not accompany the team on this week’s road trip to Memphis and Cleveland in order to begin his rehabilitation program in San Antonio.

What is a strained left soleus, you ask? It's part of your calf right above the heel and is one of the big muscles that helps you jump.

Parker has of course been a major part of the Spurs' league-best 49-10 record. He's averaging 17.1 points, 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.24 steals per game while shooting .518 from the field. Parker is one of two players in the NBA to average at least 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds and shoot at least .500 from the field.

Fortunately for the Spurs though, they have one of the game's best backup point guards behind Parker in George Hill. Combine Hill with Gary Neal, who has shown ability to create off the dribble and distribute as well, San Antonio should be able to weather the storm of Parker's injury.

Of course a strained soleus is the type of injury that can be re-aggravated easily, but the Spurs won't rush Parker.

Good health has been a key to the veteran Spurs. Before today, Tim Duncan, Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson and DeJuan Blair hadn't missed a single game this season.


Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:59 am

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

Problem is that he is a point guard type for team and it will have greater impact than people think. He is a primary ball handler and will throw them off sync plus adding more minutes to other players as strategy will need to be changed.

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:08 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

I love Tony Parker, but he's probably the 4th most irreplaceable guy on that roster. They shouldn't have any problems filling in at the point. George Hill can handle, Gary Neal can handle (though a rookie), and some people forget that the offense usually runs through Ginobili now anyway.  If it were Duncan or Ginobili going down I think they'd be in a lot worse of a situation, and could have a stretch where they lose 4 out of 5 or so. 

The only bad thing is that 2-4 weeks can turn into 3-5....which can turn into "hopefully by the end of the season."

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:03 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

Amazing that any team in the NBA could be almost 75% of the way through the season, and not lose a starter for even a SINGLE game.  That, as much as anything, contributes to the 49-10 start.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:37 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

The Spurs do not ride Parker the same way Dallas totally rides Dirk.  Parker has not played a full season in nearly 2 years, so this is not entirely a new chapter.

He is an integral piece, but they should be relatively okay as they have an effective 7 game lead for the #1 seed.  That is the beauty of the 49-10 start, it enables some wiggle room.

As long as Gary Neal is back from the concussion, the SPurs have enough depth at PG to weather a 2-3 week absence.
If Gary Neal is going to be down for any length of time, maybe they look at Mike Bibby for a plug-in.

The "easier" games versus Cleveland, Sacramento, Detroit, and Houston should be okay in theory.

The games versus the Lakers and Heat were toss up games anyways and possible losses regardless of Tony Parker.

It is quite possible they end up going 4-2 with or without Parker in this 3 week stretch.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:56 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

When did age 28 become a  " aged learder" ?  As stated in the article,  we have one of the best backups in the league.  I agree it wont be easy but we have a solid enough team that if one goes down it's not the end of the world... or the lead,  not too many teams can say that.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:45 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

Just as Dallas went without Dirk and gave the Spurs a nice lead in the division, you figured the Spurs would suffer some sort of injury in their journey...particularly, given the age of the veteran leaders...true, Parker is definitely no Dirk, but could impact a few games and make it interesting for the top spot in the West if the Spurs play anyone decent over the injury stretch.  4 weeks would definitely be an impact felt by the team...not so much two.

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:11 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

As long as Duncan doesn't go down, then you're fine.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:59 pm

Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with strained soleus

Hate to see Tony go down but as long as he's back by playoff time, we'll be fine!

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