SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs on Thursday announced 16-year veteran star point guard Tony Parker will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA playoffs after he suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “Tendons are strong cords of fibrous tissue that attach muscles to bones.
“The quadriceps tendon works with the muscles in the front of your thigh to straighten your leg. When the quadriceps tendon completely tears, the muscle is no longer anchored to the knee cap and without this attachment, the knee cannot straighten when the quadriceps muscles contract.”
The 34-year-old Spurs point guard tried to put weight on his left leg after exploding to the basket off his injured leg for a signature teardrop, but he quickly went to the floor wincing in pain.
“I saw him right after the game, and he was in pain,” Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili said in the locker room. “He couldn’t put weight on his leg.”
AAOS said a large tear of the quadriceps tendon is a non-common, disabling injury that usually occurs in middle-aged people who play running or jumping sports.
Spurs shooting guard Danny Green said younger players who played when Parker was out during the regular season will help the team moving forward.
"The experience of our younger guys or the other guys stepping when he was out is going to help us," Green said during last night's press conference after Game 2.
According to AAOS, cause of the injury often occurs when there is a heavy load on the leg with the foot planted and the knee partially bent and a weakened quadriceps tendon is more likely to tear.
Symptoms of the injury often come with a tearing or popping sensation followed by pain and swelling.
A timeline for Parker's return will be determined at a later date.
According to AAOS, most people with complete tears will require surgery with a timeframe of complete recovery typically between four to six months but patients have reported that they required 12 months.
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