NBA Roundtable

Injury Updates: George Hill + Tony Parker

In 2010 NBA Playoffs, General NBA on April 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

The San Antonio Express reports

George Hill

George Hill, who had enjoyed a star turn filling in for Parker the past 16 games, left Sunday’s 100-81 victory over the Lakers with a sprained right ankle and will not play in the final two games of the Spurs’ road trip.

Hill was injured after stepping on Derek Fisher while driving and preparing to shoot late in the second quarter. He was unable to put pressure on his ankle and left the Staples Center on crutches.

“I’ll be all right,” Hill said as he hobbled toward a waiting golf cart after the game. “I’m still breathing, so I’ll be all right.”

Hill is scheduled for an MRI today in San Antonio, after which a firmer return date could be available. He has already been ruled out of games Tuesday at Sacramento and Wednesday at Phoenix.

“I think he’s probably out a while, unfortunately,” Popovich said.

Tony Parker

First, the good news for the Spurs on the injured point guard front. There is a timetable, albeit a soft one, for All-NBA veteran Tony Parker to return from his right-hand fracture.“We’re sort of guessing Minnesota,” coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday.

The bad news? In the eight days between now and the Timberwolves’ April 12 visit to the AT&T Center, the Spurs might be without a true point guard altogether.

Good news for the Spurs with Tony Parker returning.

It’s still too early to say how negative the situation is for George Hill. If Hill can be back in time for the playoffs, then it isn’t too large of a deal. If not, it’s a big loss for San Antonio.

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