Spurs plan playoff life without Parker

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) is carried off the court after being injured during the second half of Game 2 of the second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in San Antonio.

Parker was averaging 15.9 points in eight playoff games, a vast improvement over his regular-season average of 10.1. The sellout crowd of 18,418 fell silent as teammates Dewayne Dedmon and Dejounte Murray carried Parker off the court and to the training room.

Parker had an MRI exam Thursday morning to determine the extent of the injury.

The Spurs and Rockets are tied up at a game apiece in the best-of-seven series. Parker turns 35 in a couple of weeks, and it's a shame to see a serious injury undercut one of the most positive stories of the Spurs' 2017 playoff run.

LeBron James moved into second on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list thanks to his 39 points, while he also had six rebounds and four assists.

If Houston decides to switch, and is able to keep him from getting all the way to the rim, Leonard is shooting a ridiculous 62.7 percent on mid-range attempts in the playoffs, according to NBA Stats.

With Tony Parker out for the remainder of the playoffs with a leg injury, the Spurs needed Aldridge to play to his potential if they want to have any shot of advancing in this series.

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It is unclear who will start at the point guard position in Game 3 with backup Mills and rookie Murray having started for Parker during the 19 games he missed in the regular season.

Budenholzer will remain involved in personnel decisions, but principal owner Tony Ressler stressed the new general manager will be in charge.

Parker's loss puts more pressure on veterans Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili to direct the Spurs' offense.

Almost 80 percent of the betting action is coming in against the Spurs in a spot where they're getting as many points on the spread as they have all season.

Game 3 is Friday at 8:30 CT in Houston and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Tonight, we've got the Celtics at Wizards and Jazz at Warriors. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. "But what he brought to that team, I think it's unmatched". Two huge voids as they go toe-to-toe with the high-powered Rockets in hopes of another trip to the Western Conference finals.

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