Spurs point guard Tony Parker acknowledged that he hasn't been the same since returning from a hamstring injury, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Parker suffered a left hamstring injury Dec. 5 against Memphis, which caused him to miss nine of 12 games. He noted that similar injuries have caused other NBA players to miss three-to-four months.
"I have not been the same since I came back, and it's still bothering me," Parker said. "Everybody knows. I am not going to use that as an excuse. I am just going to work it out until it gets better."
Parker's scoring average this season (13.8) has been his lowest output since his 2001-02 rookie campaign (9.2). He's also logged only 28.2 minutes per game this season, the fewest in his career. Since his return from injury, the French guard has averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists over his last 24 games. He told Spears he's frustrated with his recent play and is trying to channel his vintage style of play.
"I've been through a lot of tough challenges in my career," Parker said. "Right now, this is up there."