If Warriors play Spurs next, Tony Parker won't be a factor

The NBA has fined Houston Rockets center Nene $15,000 for escalating a fight with San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

He and Cleveland superstar LeBron James are now the NBA's only players to have scored 4,000 points and recorded 1,000 assists in the playoffs. An MRI exam on Thursday determined the severity.

The Spurs and Rockets are tied up at a game apiece in the best-of-seven series. On Wednesday, he went 8-of-13 from the field before the non-contact injury, scoring 18 points. He also became the fourth player in National Basketball Association history (after Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Manu Ginobili) to make 300 playoff three-pointers. But he averaged 15.9 points on 53 percent shooting in eight playoff games, including a vintage 27-point night in Game 6 against Memphis to clinch that series.

Parker's absence also will lead to more minutes for Murray, as well as Kyle Anderson, a former college point guard, and Jonathon Simmons.

Even though Parker has always been on the quiet side, Popovich said he had seen a more vocal point guard this year as the team tried to find itself without Duncan there to provide guidance and leadership.

On the latest episode of "Posting Up", Jeff McDonald discusses the short and long-term implications of Tony Parker's ruptured quad.

Coach Gregg Popovich started rookie Dejounte Murray in San Antonio's first game since Parker was injured Wednesday, instead of moving Patty Mills into the starting lineup. Game 4 is Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET in Houston.

From a morale perspective, however, the loss is devastating. We knew they were going to come out with some aggressiveness.

"We play with attitude when we get down". Gregg Popovich is known for giving rookies a chance and Tony Parker's career start with the Spurs is a flawless example. It is not only that they have a ideal group of players, as more that it is play wonderful together. "But what he brought to that team, I think it's unmatched".

Oklahoma City swingman Andre Roberson often was praised by his coach and teammates for playing suffocating defense on James Harden during their first-round playoff series.

The former Texas Long Horn was supposed to be the successor to future hall of famer Tim Duncan.

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