Tony Parker leaves with hamstring injury, but Spurs close out Trail Blazers

Tony Parker works the ball around LaMarcus Aldridge (left) and Robin Lopez (Eric Gay / AP)

Tony Parker limped off the court midway through the second quarter of the San Antonio Spurs’ Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers, never to return because of hamstring tightness.

Not the the Spurs really needed him as they won their series with a 104-82 victory, but it raised a great big, important question: What is his status for the next round of the playoffs?

Parker, who has had issues with his hammy throughout postseason, wasn’t available after the game and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich professed to have no details on the injury.

“Luckily, we have a couple of days,” power forward Tim Duncan said (via Spurs Nation). “It worries us obviously, but he’s been going hard, had a great series thus far and it just kind of caught up to him. They pulled the plug on him before he hurt himself. He started to feel a little weird and I think they did the right thing, pulled the plug on him, so hopefully that helps him. Hopefully, there’s nothing there.”

Parker may be leading the team with a 21-point average this season but the Spurs are 11-3 without him and 51-17 with him this season.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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