It is important for the Spurs to get Parker going early, it sets the tone for the rest of the game. An aggressive Parker, that drives in the paint, creates more opportunities for everyone and keeps the opposing point guard guessing. Coach Popovich should make an effort to run a couple plays early in the game for the veteran point guard. Recently against the Jazz, Parker scored early in the first and it ignited his offense for the rest of game; he finished with 21 pts.
Parker has shown that he has the ability to make this shot but often is passed up on the break by teammates. His three-point percentage isn’t the best at 34% but he has shown an ability to make the corner-three in streches. Similar to when the team depended on Bruce Bowen yrs ago to make this shot, Parker can make defenses pay for lagging off of him.
Parker has recorded a career-low in minutes and that is partly because Coach Popovich does not want to burn him out. Now in the postseason that may be a different story, but it is hard for Parker to get into a rhythm when he is sitting for almost half the game. So a SLIGHT increase on his minutes may add to his production and confidence offensively.