Spurs plan playoff life without Parker

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Houston put San Antonio on notice in the series opener, handing the Spurs an embarrassing 27-point loss and proving that they are a real threat to reach the Western Conference Finals.

"It's not good", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said when asked after the game about the severity of Parker's injury.

Team-mate Manu Ginobili said on Wednesday Parker had been unable to place any weight on his injured left leg.

Next up is Game 3 of their tied second-round series with the Rockets on Friday night in Houston. "As a unit we couldn't get it going consistently". That could be the case in the conference semifinals, as well, as Leonard looks to get more out of his teammates, namely his star big man.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.

The Spurs said in an injury update on Friday that the 34-year-old underwent an operation to fix his left quadriceps tendon in a procedure carried out by team physician David Schmidt. He might have been Toronto's bright spot in Game 2 with 22 points in 25 minutes, and he'll have to play a big role in Game 3 if the Raptors are going to make this a series.

He appeared to land awkwardly while taking a shot with 8:34 to play Wednesday night and crumpled to the court. The most likely candidate to receive first crack at replacing Parker in the lineup is veteran Patty Mills, who averaged 9.5 points per game and 3.5 assists during the regular season and contributed seven points on Wednesday against the Rockets.

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"A timeline for Parker's return will be determined at a later date", the Spurs said. "I don't know how you replace that".

The Spurs are above any one player - the team dynamic ensures that. It makes me squirm even thinking about tearing the quad.

NEED TO KNOW: Parker's streak of 221 consecutive playoff appearances will end. Before the injury, Parker scored 18 points on 13 shots, and averaged 16.3 points per game on 53 percent shooting in the playoffs.

Back in March, Popovich contemplated how important Parker had become, especially after Tim Duncan's retirement.

Teammates and Houston players walked over to console him. It also doesn't hurt the Spurs if James Harden is the one switching onto Leonard.

The Rockets were breathing no sighs of relief on Thursday.

Budenholzer will remain involved in personnel decisions, but principal owner Tony Ressler stressed the new general manager will be in charge. This figures to be a long, arduous rehabilitation.

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