It's only been five quarters since Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs' definitive Most Valuable Player, sprained his left ankle. He will miss four weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain.
But the numbers have been impressive regardless: 148 points, 48 assists, 12 3-pointers and 53.2 percent shooting. All numbers are well above average, even for one of the league's best offenses.
One caveat: Its the Kings and Pistons. Both are in the bottom third in adjusted defensive rating according to Basketball Reference. Tougher matchups against Chicago (fourth) and Oklahoma City (eighth) loom in the near future.
But we shouldn't worry just yet. In Parker's place, and with Gary Neal ailing as well, the Spurs trotted out Cory Joseph and Patty Mills. Both played well in limited minutes last night. Manu Ginobili excelled in a role he is very familiar with — finishing with 17 points, three 3-pointers and three assists as the primary ball handler.
Danny Green filled in 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the 39-point blowout against Detroit and he and Kawhi Leonard weighed in on losing Parker for what could be one month.
Focus has never been a problem for any Gregg Popovich coached team. The margin for error is lower, yes, but if the last five quarters are any indication, the Spurs will be just fine.