As the Thunder continues in its quest for the top spot in the Western Conference standings, San Antonio is facing possible serious injuries that could impact the Spurs' chase for first place.
Spurs guard Tony Parker was forced to sit the fourth quarter of Thursday night's showdown with the Thunder because of injury. When asked after the game whether Parker might need to be shut down for the remainder of the season, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he wasn't sure of the severity of the injury but expressed real concern about Parker's status, as well as that of star guard Manu Ginobili, who will miss at least three weeks with a hamstring injury.
“I got to see what's going on,” Popovich said of Parker. “We thought he had just recovered from his ankle. So this is something new with his leg. I just don't know what it is right now.”
Play had to be stopped briefly with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter because Nick Collison sustained an injury to his left pinkie, resulting in bleeding that got on the court. Play resumed after several ball boys cleaned the blood off the court. … Hasheem Thabeet was called for a technical foul for knocking Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough to the floor with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter. … Russell Westbrook was whistled for a technical foul with 6:26 remaining in the second quarter for arguing a call.