Tony Parker is one of the toughest players in the NBA and he has been known to play through injuries before. He is one of the veterans on the Spurs team that has been one of the dominant NBA teams for many years.
With that being said, there is no way that he is going to allow himself to sit out an important game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers. It is one of the most talked about series in the NBA Playoffs, and oddly enough, it is literally the only series that has seen more than one team win a game.
Parker left at the end of game 2 against the Clippers on Wednesday due to tightness in his right Achilles tendon. Along with Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili are both aging veterans in the league, and they are not the same guys that they once were.
Tony Parker will play tonight. He's been dealing with injuries to his Achilles tendon, ankle and quadriceps. pic.twitter.com/xMbL6WZwwh
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 24, 2015
Tony Parker may not be at his full potential from years ago, but the Spurs continue to prove that they are still one of the teams to beat after winning an NBA title again last year.
Speaking about his longtime teammate after Friday’s shootaround, Tim Duncan said, “I didn’t doubt he was going to [play]. I’m glad he’s feeling better. He’s ready to rock. He’s hoping to have a good one tonight.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 24, 2015
Of course, due to his injury, he may not be able to play as much as he normally does. This could make things hard for the Spurs when guarding All-Star guard Chris Paul. Paul came up big in game 1 when scoring 32 points and dishing out six assists.
However, the Spurs won game 2 in an exciting overtime game, and might have a bit of momentum going into game 3 as they also get to play on their home court for the first time in the playoffs.
We just have to stay together and keep pushing and try to come back” – @tonyparker
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 20, 2015
Tony Parker had five assists, one steal and scored only one point while missing all six of his attempts from the field in Game 2. He mentioned after the game that it was basically an aggravation from his recent injury that forced him to leave the game against the Thunder on April 7th.