You never wish injury upon your foe, but at the same time, you won't complain if something does happen.
After the game head coach Gregg Popovich shared with the media "it's not good" when he was asked about the outlook after Parker's noncontact injury. The official word on the results of Parker's MRI is he’s done for this season.
The Houston Rockets and their fans aren't taking joy in the fact that Parker won't be back. He's a true legend and one of my personal favorites to watch, but again, when you are in a battle, you will take every advantage that you can get.
No one complained about the Golden State Warriors missing out on the Rockets at full strength, forced to play Jason Terry on Stephen Curry in 2015. In 2005, the Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns in five games after Joe Johnson missed the first two games with an injury. But oddly enough, everyone complains about the Rockets not facing Michael Jordan.
Even though the Rockets aren't on easy street after Parker's injury, it is safe to say things are going to be tough for the Spurs.
Parker was the team's second-leading scoring in the playoffs, and the Spurs have to figure out to fill the hole he leaves behind.
Patty Mills seems like the obvious choice, but he's also the leading scorer from the bench, and if you add him to the starting lineup, who's scoring for you when Kawhi sits?
Another option would be to start Manu Ginobili or Jonathon Simmons and have Kawhi Leonard be the team's point guard, but having him handle the ball full-time seems like a stretch too.
While you expect the Spurs to figure it out, it might take them a little bit of time, and by the time they get it just right, it could be too late. People will cast a cloud over this series and say "well if Parker played they would have won."
Just remember the Rockets did take Game 1 and if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle.
You play the hand you're dealt, and if the shoe were on the other foot — and it might just be, considering how hobbled James Harden looked in Game 2 — the Spurs would not be forgiving. The Rockets can’t afford to be.