The San Antonio Spurs came into March like a lion, but will they go out like a lamb?
All-Star point guard Tony Parker suffered a sprained left ankle Friday night, and it's left behind a cloudy weather forecast this month in San Antonio.
Conservative estimates have Parker sidelined for four weeks, which would bring him back in time for the March 31 contest against the world champion Miami Heat at AT&T Center.
The Spurs entered March as the front-runner for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Playing 15 of their final 22 regular-season games at home didn't hurt the cause.
If Parker had to temporarily be unavailable, there's actually no time like the present because San Antonio plays 11 of its remaining 13 games in March at home.
The Spurs' only two road games this month are at slumbering Minnesota, which is hibernating with a 20-35 record, and at Houston, which is a 22-minute flight away.
San Antonio's most intriguing game this month is against Oklahoma City on March 11. Though Parker is a fast healer, it's extremely doubtful he'll be back in time for that game.
The Spurs' remaining March schedule:
March 3 — vs. Detroit
March 6 — vs. Chicago
March 8 — vs. Portland
March 11 — vs. OKC
March 12 — at Minnesota
March 14 — vs. Dallas
March 16 — vs. Cleveland
March 20 — vs. Golden State
March 22 — vs. Utah
March 24 — at Houston
March 27 — vs. Denver
March 29 — vs. LA Clippers
March 31 — vs. Miami