The San Antonio Spurs Can Feel Tony Parker’s Pain

March 1st, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Tony Parker and Steve Nash collided in the San Antonio backcourt. The Spurs guard appeared to take the brunt of the hit and stayed down for more than 20 seconds. 

His Phoenix counterpart extended a hand.

Parker wiped a drop of blood from his nose, but it wasn't his. Instead, Nash needed the medical attention.

His nose bled until referees ruled him unfit to stay on the court. He finished his gutsy 31-point performance with one final trey to keep the Suns close.

With a steady diet of Tim Dunan, Parker, and Ginobili, San Antonio dispatched Phoenix like some pesky house fly.

This was Game One of the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals, the toughest series the Spurs faced en route to a fourth championship.

The high-scoring opening affair seemed to sum up the Suns' deficiencies against their nemesis. No matter what Nash did, Parker was better. Nash totaled 31 points with eight assists, but Parker poured in 32, parading to the hoop at will.

Then, the 67-win Dallas Mavericks and 60-win Suns constituted the Spurs' chief challengers for West supremacy. No one else a ...

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