No player in any sport will ever openly acknowledge an injury to a teammate as beneficial, even though it often is.
When San Antonio Spurs stalwart Tony Parker went down with a possibly season-ending knee injury, Aussie Patty Mills is the beneficiary from the perspective that he will get more playing time in the critical playoff season, earning an opportunity to prove his financial value going into his free agency at the end of the season.
Mills will have to step up big-time, as the playoff series between the Spurs and the Houston Rockets is one of the most competitive of the remaining series.
The Spurs leveled the series with the Rockets, but when parker had to be carried off the court in the fourth quarter, the implications for Mills could not be overlooked due to sentiment or “team first” platitudes.
In the game, won by San Antonio 121 – 96, Mills saw 20 minutes of court time produce seven points and three rebounds. Guards are not normally relied upon for rebounding, but assuming that Mills will need to play 30 minutes or more in the next game and the games beyond, he has a golden opportunity to impress the entire NBA by stepping into the big shoes of Parker.