Maybe this story explains it.
Tony Parker Tried Hiding Triceps Injury From the San Antonio Spurs
Chris Paul’s elbow to Tony Parker’s right arm on Thursday night rendered him ineffective on the basketball court, but he wasn’t going to tell anyone. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich eventually figured it out, and sat his point guard last night as San Antonio beat the Phoenix Suns 97-87 (though Parker expects to play on Wednesday). Per the Express-News: “If Tony Parker had told Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about the excruciating pain in his right arm, he wouldn’t have played in Friday’s 107-101 overtime loss to the Warriors. An inadvertent elbow from guard Chris Paul hit the Spurs point guard just above the right elbow in Thursday’s game against the Clippers, but Parker stayed mum about how sore he was even after warming up and discovering his perimeter shot was affected by the pain. ‘He was a little too much in hero mode,’ Popovich said. . . . . . . . . . .’”
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