For most of the game, Tony Parker was invisible. Parker came up with his biggest play with 30 seconds remaining to put France up 76-75 over Serbia on Wednesday afternoon.
Having scored just four points through the first 39 minutes, Parker rose up and buried an off-balance jumper for the go-ahead basket. Only logging 21 minutes in the game, Parker was not looking for his shot, more-so looking to get everyone involved in the offense.
Parker attempted five shots and connected on three for six points in the game. This may be an outlook on what is to come in Parker’s role with San Antonio next season. His scoring has diminished over the years and he has not been guard to kill teams in the paint as he has done in years past.
He did prove that he can still take a game over when needed. There was a time in the game where Parker was on the bench and saw the French team battle back and forth with Serbia, while their countryman was on the bench. A thought came across my head and that is should France just keep Parker on the bench. It would later pan out that that was a horrible thought.
Parker can get into the lane as he did at times during the game, but the problem is, he is not looking to score. He needs to be aggressive, not only get into the lane but look to finish at the rim.
Two former Spurs continue to provide sparks for France. Nando De Colo finished with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Boris Diaw continued his great all-around play. He finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Parker and Les Bleus, after an opening day defeat to Australia, have now won two straight while Serbia have fallen to 1-2.