During Game 4, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker went down hard with an ankle sprain as he was limited to 30 minutes. Before Game 5, head coach Gregg Popovich indeed gave the news many Spurs fans were hoping for, Parker was going to play.
In Game 4, Parker scored just 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the floor. He came out and was looking for his shot early on in the game, but the Mavericks defensive pressure forced him to make other decisions.
Game 5 was a different story as Parker came out as if he was on a mission. Looking for his shot early and setting up his teammates, Parker did everything Popovich was looking for.
Parker finished with 23 points on 9 of 23 shooting from the floor. Tiago Splitter, who had himself a game to remember, was asked how important Parker was in their Game 5 win.
“Tony is really important to us. When he doesn’t have a good night, they can start to beat us,” Splitter said. “I think if he keeps playing like that, and on defense we have some big things that we need to do better, we’ll be in good shape.”
He is the engine that keeps everything running smoothly for San Antonio. With Game 6 coming up Friday, the Mavericks will be looking to throw everything they can at Parker to shut down the Spurs offense.