Coming off of a sub-par regular season, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker started his 2015-16 postseason campaign with a bang.
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Parker, who is coming off of his second worst season since his rookie year, started the Spurs run for their sixth title on the right foot. With an up-and-down season on the offensive side of the ball, Parker, who averaged just under 12 points a game in the regular season, came out in game one against the Memphis Grizzlies like the Parker of old.
Controlling the floor, finding his teammates and playing great defense on the Grizzlies’ guards, Parker looked refreshed. This is the time of year it all comes down to. The 67 wins is now out the door. Everyone starts fresh. Parker did as well. Setting the tone in game one in front of their fans and the AT&T Center, where they lost just one game all year, he and the rest of his teammates took full advantage.
Parker did a great job picking his spots, not forcing up shots or making bad passes. Though he had three turnovers in the game, he did manage to dish out six assists. Parker may not be dropping 20+ at this point in his career but what he did on the floor Sunday gave the team a boost.
It all starts with your floor general. Parker’s basketball intelligence is phenomenal. With his 6-foot frame, Parker does not mind the bumps and bruises. He goes in hard with the best of them and he was back to his ‘old self’ Monday. Many Spurs fans were waiting to see the Parker they did Sunday all season long.
Again, the playoffs bring a fresh start, and everything that happened during the regular season is a wash. Parker made true of that statement.
His play will dictate how far this team will go in the playoffs. Lets hope this is not just a one game performance and it carries throughout a series that many feel will be a sweep by the Spurs.