The Spurs have been beating the odds all season when it comes to injuries, and on Sunday the odds caught up to them.
Point guard Tony Parker, having a terrific season averaging 17.4 points and 6.7 assists, left the game against Memphis with a left calf injury after he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter.
Monday, the team announced that he will be out 2-4 weeks, which means he could miss most of the remainder of the regular season.
The Spurs are fortunate to have deep backcourt starting with Manu Ginobili, who scored 18 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter of a tough, physical game. Reserve George Hill, who gained starting experience last season after Parker broke his hand, scored 14 points.
San Antonio plays again at Memphis on Tuesday, the start of a two-game road trip that also goes through Cleveland.
"It is going to be even rougher," Ginobili said of the next meeting with Memphis. "... When Tony is on the court, the whole dynamic of the team changes. He's so good at breaking the first line and finding open teammates or finishing. ... We're going to have to find a way to get some transition points because we're not getting many."
SPURS 95, GRIZZLIES 88: The Spurs led 41-27, but after Tony Parker left with calf contusion, Memphis rallied to get back in the game. Manu Ginobili was too much for the Grizzlies to handle, scoring a season-high 35 points. George Hill and Matt Bonner came through off the bench with 14 points each. Tim Duncan returned after turning his ankle to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds. After scoring 16 points in the third quarter, the Spurs turned it up for 36 points in the fourth, outscoring Memphis by 11. Memphis took 23 more shots than the Spurs thanks to 17 offensive rebounds, but shot just 37.5 percent.
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