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Injury bug keeps biting NBA stars in playoffs

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is carried off the court after being injured during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in San Antonio. Parker underwent quadriceps surgery on Friday and will miss the rest of the playoffs.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is carried off the court after being injured during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in San Antonio. Parker underwent quadriceps surgery on Friday and will miss the rest of the playoffs. AP

Several games into the conference semifinals, injuries are still forcing some of the NBA’s best off the court.

San Antonio veteran Tony Parker underwent successful surgery Friday after suffering a quadriceps injury during Wednesday’s game, the Spurs reported via Twitter. He will miss the rest of the playoffs.

A sprained ankle had Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry sitting out of Friday’s 115-94 loss to Cleveland. Toronto is now facing a 3-0 hole in the series.

The first round was also littered with injuries to star players, including Kevin Durant of the Warriors and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.

Others have been less severe. Luckily for Golden State, Draymond Green appears to be set to go for Game 3 after tweaking a knee during Thursday night’s 115-104 win over Utah.

However, the Warriors are still without Steve Kerr, who hasn’t coached since Game 2 of the first round and is unlikely to return soon as he seeks relief for intense back pain.

Perhaps the healthiest team to this point has been Cleveland. With Friday’s win, the Cavs are 7-0 in the playoffs.

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