How serious is Tony Parker’s hip injury?

Do the Spurs need Tony Parker to beat Phoenix? Don't answer that.
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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will not play in Thursday night’s nationally-televised game against the Phoenix Suns. 

Parker also left San Antonio’s dominant victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday due to hip soreness.

Here’s more on the situation, per ESPN:

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't divulged the severity of Parker's injury. “I haven't talked to him,” Popovich said after Sunday's game. The Spurs held Parker out of two games recently because of soreness in the hip, but it's believed the club is sitting him as a precautionary measure; Popovich has said on numerous occasions he errs on the side of caution when dealing with veteran players. Parker wasn't available to the media Monday when the Spurs worked out in preparation for their upcoming road trip.

The 33-year-old is having a tremendously efficient season, with a PER that’s above his career average and the second highest field goal percentage of his entire career. He’s one of the best pull-up shooters in the league, and has killed teams from all over the floor.

Will San Antonio miss him? In the regular season the answer is no. But to defeat the Golden State Warriors (and Oklahoma City Thunder) in a playoff series, the Spurs need their starting lineup intact and effective. 

Even if this injury isn’t serious, it’s smart to hold Parker back so there’s no chance it can become worse than it already is.