SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker sat out the team’s game Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers with a sore left Achilles.
Parker had 20 points, five assists and five rebounds while playing 28 minutes Saturday in San Antonio’s 99-90 victory over Golden State.
Parker was not listed on the pre-game injury report Monday, but was ruled out about 45 minutes before tip-off against Philadelphia and former San Antonio assistant Brett Brown. Parker leads the Spurs in both scoring (17.6 points) and assists (6.1) while also averaging the most minutes with 30.3.
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San Antonio was also without forward Matt Bonner, who has a strained right calf.
The Spurs have won 13 straight while the 76ers have lost 24 in a row. Philadelphia is two losses shy of tying the NBA record for most consecutive losses, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-2011.
Describing Brown as ”one of my best friends,” Popovich said the 76ers coach is tough enough to weather the storm of such a dubious record.
”I feel terribly for him, but I don’t feel sorry for him,” Popovich said. ”I feel badly for him because he has to go through it, but I don’t need to feel sorry for him. He would be angry if he knew I felt sorry for him because he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him.”