SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker was listed as doubtful heading into Game 5 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks opening round series after he rolled his left ankle in Game 4.
After the game it was announced he had a grade-1 sprain and considering the Spurs go as Tony goes, the team needed its floor general in the pivotal Game 5.
Needless to say, Parker showed no signs of injury in Game 5 as he scored a game-high 23 points in 38 minutes of play.
“The ankle was sore at the beginning, and as the game went on it was getting better and better,” said Parker. “At the end of warm-up, it felt better. We’ll see how it swells up a little tomorrow, but I think it’ll be fine.”
Not only was Parker dealing with a bum ankle, he also was up late with his fiance as she gave birth to a baby boy.
“It was crazy. I didn’t sleep the whole night. I’ve basically been running on adrenaline,” said Parker.
Parker has had a turbulent series versus Dallas. In a nutshell, he starts off strong and fizzles late in the game as Project Spurs’ Andrew Ball detailed.
Here are his stats split by half:
Game 1: First Half: 7-10 FG, 17 Points, 2 Assists
Second Half: 2-6 FG, 4 Points, 4 Assists
Game 2: First Half: 3-8 FG, 8 Points, 1 Assist
Second Half: 2-2 FG, 4 Points, 2 Assists
Game 3: First Half: 8-13 FG, 17 Points, 6 Assists
Second Half: 1-5 FG, 2 Points, 0 Assists
Game 4: First Half: 3-9 FG, 6 Points, 0 Assists
Second Half: 2-5 FG, 4 Points, 2 Assists
Totals: 12 Turnover, 18 Assists (3:2 Ratio) in playoffs
151 Turnovers, 388 Assists (2.57:1) in regular season
Hopefully his play in Game 5 will reverse the trend come Friday night in Dallas.
With Parker’s ankle on the mend and being a new father, the day break before Game 6 this Friday is coming at a good time. A well-rested, and a newly minted father, Parker should have new vigor which should give San Antonio a nice chance at closing out the series.
Now Spurs fans can breathe easy knowing No. 9 will be ready to go.