Parker plays 11 minutes in All-Star Game, receives rest for bulk of game

After falling to the Detroit Pistons this past Monday, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was sent home to San Antonio for rest on Tuesday, as he wouldn’t play in the Spurs’ win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, to wrap up the first leg of the Spurs’ Rodeo Road Trip.

Just as the Spurs gave Parker rest on Wednesday, Western All-Stars head coach Scott Brooks also helped Parker in the resting department, by only playing Parker 11:25 minutes in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday in New Orleans. In his minimal minutes, Parker scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting, grabbed two rebounds, threw one assist, and turned the ball over once. Via the NBA's Player Tracking data, Parker ran 0.8 miles in the game at 4.4 miles per hour. 

Kyrie Irving led the East to an 18-point comeback 163-155 win with 31 points and 14 assists, as he was named the MVP of the game. Carmelo Anthony also scored 30 points and set an All-Star game record with eight made 3-pointers. LeBron James came near a triple-double with 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. For the West, both Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin scored 38 points apiece, but after building such a huge lead early in the third quarter, it was the East who finished strong scoring 87 points in the second half and holding the West to 66 points.

For Parker, he’ll have rested for six days (seven if you throw out the All-Star Game), as the Spurs prepare to face the Los Angeles Clippers on the road this coming Tuesday, followed by a back-to-back against the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday. Though they haven’t been as severe as his teammates Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, and Tiago Splitter, Parker has been enduring a number of injuries this season.

Paul Garcia

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