Tony Parker has left the San Antonio Spurs' game against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after he sustained an injury to his left ankle. After he came down awkwardly, the Spurs' point guard had to be helped off the court and was taken back to the locker room. It was not immediately clear exactly which part of Parker's leg was injured.
Parker had 13 points and seven assists midway through the third quarter before exiting the game. He's averaged 21.1 points and 7.6 assists per game during his incredible season thus far and is one of the top candidates for the NBA MVP award.
Without Parker on the floor, the creative burden has fallen on Manu Ginobili, though the Spurs aren't likely worried about anything short term. They're cruising against the Kings, and should coast into the playoffs even if Parker is out for an extended period of time. They're lacking a top-notch direct backup to Parker, however, and would miss him considerably even if they had one.