San Antonio Spurs star sent to hospital

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It's coming to the business end of the NBA season and playoff teams will be looking to start resting their star players ahead of the post-season.

But a major force of the number one seed may be missing games not by design.

According to a report by SpursNation, after being forced to leave their game last night in the first quarter, point guard Tony Parker is headed to hospital and is scheduled to have an MRI on his troublesome back.

Parker was on fire for the brief amount of time he was on the floor last night. In nine minutes of play, the 31-year old racked up 10 points from 4-4 shooting against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"We just have to hope it’s a couple-of-days thing,” said Manu Ginobili, made up for Parker's loss with 26 points from the bench. “Of course we are a different team with him. We need him healthy and strong for the playoffs.”

Parker is averaging 16.8 points a game this season to go along with 5.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 30 minutes per game.

He is a major part of the Spurs offense and their title hopes would take a massive hit if he were to be ruled out of the post-season or carry an injury through any games.

San Antonio have been tremendous this season and they are certainly favourites to take home the silverware and stop any chances of a Miami Heat "Three-Peat".

Tony Parker
San Antonio Spurs

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