Tony Parker crashed to the ground, his ankle wrecked after aámissed floater in trafficácaused an awkward landing. The San Antonio Spurs young star left the game in agony, and any chance of a winning season seemed to crumple with him. With the Miami Heat's fast start in the eventual home lossáforcing Tim Duncan to the bench, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said the five Spurs on the floor mightácomprise the least talented group in the league. Instead of veteran playoff performer Robert Horry or even banger Kurt Thomas, Gregg Popovich was left with rookie Anthony Tolliver. George Hill had not developed, Roger Mason Jr. was still learning the basics of the system, and Michael Finley and Matt Bonner had no All-Stars to give them open looks. During a timeout in the 98-83 loss, Popovich had to a ...
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