Tony Parker and Jeremy Lin will both miss time. Lin hurt his hamstring on Wednesday while facing the Detroit Pistons and Parker has a sore right knee that can put him on the shelf for a week or longer.
Tony Parker-PG-San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker has a sore right knee and will miss a week or more. He is out against the Utah Jazz tonight. On the season Parker is averaging just five points and four assists per game. His numbers are a significant drop from his averages last year which hovered just under 12 points and six assists.
Head coach Greg Popovich: “I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it.” Popovich went on to say: “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it, and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.” Patty Mills will take over for Parker.
The guard has now been in the league for 16 seasons and time is creeping up on him. Popovich also understands this as he has been restrictive on the All-Star and his minutes. Parker has seen that decrease over the last four seasons. His average minutes per game have fallen from 32.9 minutes per contest in 2012-13 to a career-low 27.5 in 2015-16. In 2016, he is just over 25 minutes a game.
Mills played well in the last three games. He has scored 44 points with seven assists in 64 minutes of action. The first two games he played the majority of minutes (49) leaving just 15 for his battle against the Utah Jazz.
Jeremy Lin-PG-Brooklyn Nets
Jeremy Lin suffered a strained left hamstring on Wednesday. He did no return against the Detroit Pistons, and Isaiah Whitehead was his replacement. Whitehead was active for 12 minutes, and Sean Kilpatrick was in for 14. It seems as though the Brooklyn Nets are catching the injury bug as guard Randy Foye and Greivis Vasquez are both trying to get back to healthy. The good news is that Foye should return soon, or it will be all on the rookie, Whitehead.
“As soon as Jeremy went out, I was like, ‘I’m going to have to play the point,’ ” Kilpatrick said. “That was something I did throughout Summer League, and Coach [Kenny Atkinson] did a great job during the summer making sure that I played the point because you never know when that time is going to come that you need to play the point. I just want to continue to keep getting everyone involved and make sure that I stay aggressive on top of that.”
Lin’s hamstring injury came with 2:14 remaining in the second half. He drove toward the basket and collided with Pistons defender Ish Smith. Lin landed awkwardly on his left leg after making a pass. Lin put up ten points and four assists.
With Jeremy Lin, he will possibly be out two-to-four weeks with an ease back into the schedule. The Nets won’t want to rush him back with a long schedule ahead of him.