The San Antonio Spurs bounced back from getting trounced by the Houston Rockets in Game 1, tying up the series in a valiant effort in Game 2.
While the win was nice, Tony Parker needing to be helped off the court in the fourth quarter certainly made the victory as bittersweet as possible. Spurs fans were concerned it was a knee injury, but it turns out it could be even worse.
The Spurs announced that Parker suffered a a ruptured left quadriceps tendon, forcing him to miss the remainder of the postseason. There's no timetable on his return, and Spurs fans are absolutely devastated that their four-time champion is done for this playoff run.
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter while Parker drove into the paint against Patrick Beverly. Parker went up for a floater attempt and came down limping before crumbling to the floor. It was clear the injury was serious immediately.
Parker had to be carried off with the help of his team and couldn't put weight down on his left leg. Here's a replay of the play where the brutal injury occurred:
Fans are, rightfully, distraught over the injury news. Parker, at 34, is in for a long recovery. A general prognosis for a quadriceps rupture ranges from six-to-eight months, which doesn't necessarily mean it will be the same for Parker, but it's clear this will be a tough rehabilitation.
The reaction from fans points to them knowing the outlook is grim for the veteran point guard, who enters the last year of his contract with the Spurs next year. Here's just a few of the reactions from Twitter:
Yes, Spurs fans are so upset over the news of Parker's injury that they've set up candle tribunes to pray for his recovery. That's not a great sign for how bad the outlook seems for him going forward.
The Spurs, of course, are now in serious trouble. Parker put up 18 points and four assists while going two-for-two from beyond the arc in the Game 2 victory, and the Spurs' depth at point guard is lacking. Patty Mills is going to have to step up to a massive plate.
San Antonio isn't completely down and out yet, though. They still have Kawhi Leonard to lean on, who remains the key to their success on both ends of the floor. If any coach can find a way to move forward it's Gregg Popovich, but it's truly an uphill battle for the Spurs now.