Spurs Parker Leaves with injury

SAN ANTONIO — Spurs point guard Tony Parker was forced to leave with back spasms late in the first quarter of San Antonio’s 112-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

Parker took a hard fall as he drove the lane, landing squarely on his back near the free throw line after being fouled by Memphis’ Mike Conley with 7:38 left. Parker remained on the court for about a minute, but rose and continued playing before exiting the game for good with 2:41 remaining in the period.

Parker waved for team physician Dr. Paul Saenz as he walked through the tunnel to go back to the locker room. San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford soon followed.

Parker’s status is unknown, but he is expected to undergo tests on Monday.

“They’re going to MRI his back [Monday],” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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