Tony Parker Cleared To Return To Action After Hand Injury

Spurs point guard Tony Parker broke his hand last night in a scrum for a loose ball. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the regular season.

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Tony Parker To Return To Action Tuesday Night

When Tony Parker broke his hand last month, he was expected to miss six weeks. In the end, he'll miss just four, which is great news to a Spurs team that's starting to round into shape.

Parker announced on his Twitter account that he will play in Tuesday's game against the Kings, and Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News confirmed the news on his twitter account. It's likely Parker will start because George Hill, Parker's replacement, will not play in the Spurs' next two games because of an ankle injury. 

Parker had missed the Spurs' last 16 games. He missed 10 other games earlier in the season as he dealt with plantar fasciitis. 

For more on the news, visit SB Nation's Spurs blog Pounding the Rock

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Tony Parker Breaks Hand, May Miss Rest Of Regular Season

The San Antonio Spurs got devastating news from their win at Memphis: point guard Tony Parker may be lost for the rest of the regular season after breaking a bone in his right hand. 

Parker broke the fourth metacarpal – the bone between the bottom knuckle and the wrist – near the end of the first half and did not return to the game. The injury apparently occurred during a scramble for the ball.

A Spurs spokesperson confirmed the broken bone, but could not say how long Parker, the team's second-leading scorer at 16.6 points a game, would miss. The team will evaluate the injury later.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was more direct about the nature of his point guard's loss. "He's got a broken hand. He'll be out six weeks," Popovich said. "He did it in the first half when he dove on the floor."

If that six week figure holds true, that would keep Parker out for the balance of the regular season; six weeks from yesterday is April 17, and the Spurs' season finale is April 14 at Dallas.

The usual thing to do in this scenario--especially when dealing with a playoff stalwart like the Spurs--is to say "well, at least he'll be back and fresh for the playoffs, which is exactly what San Antonio could use." Problem: the Spurs could miss the playoffs. They're 36-24 (which would be an easy 5 seed in the East), which gives them a 7 seed. Portland's at 8, and they're only 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio; the best-case scenario is that that order flips and the Spurs face Los Angeles in Round 1. Yikes.

If you're a Tony Parker owner in fantasy basketball, acquire George Hill at once. If you're a Spurs fan, embrace the power of prayer.

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