The demolition was thorough and, given the foil it came against, astonishing. The last time Spurs point guard Tony Parker shared the floor with the marquee-lighting Los Angeles Clippers, he turned All-Star adversary Chris Paul into a puddle, scoring 31 points with seven assists in a 116-90 blowout victory. Parker left the Staples Center the night of Feb. 21 the toast of Tinseltown, garnering national acclaim and a place in the conversation of the best point guard going. To his teammates, however, it was just another night in the life of Tony Parker. “Tony’s had many games like that this season,” Manu Ginobili said. Of course, that was a month ago, before someone with a voodoo doll in a No. 9 Spurs jersey poked a needle into seemingly every ligament Parker has. When the Clippers return to the AT&T Center on Friday for the latest installment of the Paul-Parker duel, they will find the Spurs’ 30-year-old star still early in the stages of his comeback from a sprained left ankle and now dealing with a sprained right middle finger. “I’m just going through a bad stretch on injuries,” Parker said. “Not going to miss any games.” Parker suffered his latest misfortune during Wednesday’s 100-99 victory over Denver, on a hard foul from Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in the third quarter. Parker briefly lost feeling in the finger, but returned to finish with 18 points and seven assists. Precautionary X-rays were negative. Also nursing two knee contusions left over from a physical game against Denver, Parker did not participate in the Spurs’ light practice Thursday, using it as a recovery day. At best, the sore finger is a mild annoyance to a player who has already spent the majority of March on the injured list.
As injuries mount, Spurs’ Parker keeps plugging
San Antonio Express-News | Mar 29