How Tony Parker’s absence will affect Spurs-Rockets playoff series
NBA Playoffs: What’s next for Rockets-Spurs as series shifts to Houston?
Parker is not just San Antonio’s starting point guard but a franchise legend who has been a major part of every Spurs championship but one. With Parker sidelined, the entire series could change. Even the mighty Spurs have key players, and a veteran as tenured as Parker is certainly one of them.
Here are a few ways in which Parker’s absence could impact this series:
Patty Mills has to step up
Patty Mills has been sneaky awesome for the Spurs this season. He averaged four less minutes than Parker, and there were times that it felt like he had earned the right to be San Antonio’s true starting guard. Mills has the team’s highest on/off net rating with a plus-12 and has been shooting better than Parker all season. In many ways he has been their best point guard.
Mills has been groomed for years. He has been sitting behind Parker that entire time. If anybody should be ready to step up it’s Mills, but he has no room for mistakes now. The benefit of Parker is that he’s the steady veteran hand. If Mills ever made a mistake of some kind, or became flustered like what happened to San Antonio in Game 1, Parker…