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Tony Parker says his strained hamstring ‘can tear at anytime’ in advance of Game 5

Jun 15, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

San Antonio Spurs guard Parker answers questions at a news conference in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker said that he was feeling no additional pain in his strained hamstring the day after his Spurs suffered a Game 4 loss, but that doesn’t mean that he’s entirely healed.

After practice on Saturday at the AT&T Center, Parker gave us an idea of just how tenuous the situation is.

“My hamstring can tear at anytime now,” Parker said, when asked if a couple of extra days of rest might help him get closer to 100 percent. “If it was the regular season, I would be resting it for like 10 days. But it’s the NBA Finals now. If it gets a tear, that’s life.”

Despite delivering this somewhat ominous news, Parker maintained that he’s feeling better, and that the treatment he’s been receiving has him optimistic about turning in a stronger performance in Game 5 after being limited to 13 minutes in a scoreless second half the last time out.

“I’m getting stronger with it,” he said. “My goal is to be close to 100 percent by [Sunday]. I feel confident, and I’m being disciplined with all the treatments, with the ice right now. Hopefully I’ll be good for tomorrow.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said for three straight days now that his star point guard is “fine,” but the dropoff in production in that second half of the last game says otherwise.

As for whether or not Parker will be able to contribute for the entirety of his minutes on Sunday, he wasn’t willing to speculate on his Game 5 chances.

“I don’t know,” Parker said. “We’ll see tomorrow, I guess, huh?”

  1. bhester1906 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    If Miami wins, I bet people will cite this injury as the reason.

    • goraidersgospurs - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      If LBJ went down or was hurt for the heats you would not? Cause Parker is the spurs best player!!!

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Splitter is the spurs best player

    • redbaronx - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      @bhester1906 – You might hear that from some fans, but you won’t hear ‘injury’ as a reason from the Spurs. Those guys never use excuses. Unlike some guys in Miami…

      How many times have we heard Wade talk about his knees?

      Lets get real here. If the Spurs win, it’s fair and square. If Miami wins, it’s fair and square. If you really want to get into that whole excuse thing, on behalf of San Antonio I’d like to point out that Manu has been NON-EXISTENT. It’s fairly obvious from what we’ve seen from him this season that he’s either lost a step, or is dealing with an injury. Not that you’d hear the Spurs talk about “Manu’s injury”….

      So please. Don’t make it out as if the Spurs couldn’t make some real excuses of their own. They’re just too classy to mention those things in a press conference, and you’re lucky if you can get two words out of Pop beyond “He’s struggling”

  2. mungman69 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Miami will win this series because they have the better team. Heat in 6.

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      It is questionable if Heat have a “Better team”…..clearly most objective observers give the coaching edge to Pop, Lebron is obviously the best player in the world right now (even if it is hard for Lebron haters to admit that) and Wade is just not at 100% or even close; Bosh comes and goes and jeez they are paying that guy so much to get 5 reboubds a game when he’s 6’11’??????and miss 14 footers? so………Parker’s injury throw’s everything out of whack…..I can’t say for sure that the Heat are a better team, I just can’t……too many unknowns right now….what we do know is that each team has feroicious competitors and they will just never, ever, give up and hey all fans of both teams (I am a Laker fan) think about the guys in this Finals that will be playing for Coack K et al for Team USA. Who the hell is gonna beat the US/?Nobody that’s who. May the team with the biggest heart and desire win. Good luck to both.

      • cwilson6843 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Your comment is way too long. Not trying to read a novel about which team is better

      • redbaronx - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        @brookwell2013 – I agree. Too many variables. But as most real champions like Riley, Magic, Mike and Bird would have said when they got beat “They played better then we did” regardless of the circumstance. All teams have injuries. In 1988 the Pistons looked at least the equals of the Lakers if not the better team. Isaiah Thomas gets injured in Game 6 and the Lakers beat Detroit in Game 7. The Pistons MIGHT have had three rings if that didn’t happen, but who knows? Maybe the Lakers would have won Game 7 anyway. Maybe Patrick Ewing doesn’t get injured in 1999 and the Knicks win instead of San Antonio, and maybe they STILL lose. Who knows? That’s why good teams don’t make excuses. The game is won or lost on the floor by those playing.

  3. dolphindubs - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    With or without a hurt hamstring, couldn’t anyone’s tear at any given moment?

  4. anhdazman - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Suck it up Parker. That’s why you get all those millions.

  5. cwilson6843 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    How come when the heat lost game 1 and lebron and wade said they were fatigued from coming off 2 back back hard fought series everyone critisized them for that. But after game 4 Parker said he was fatigued and that’s completely fine with everyone?

    • redbaronx - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Easy. LeBron and Wade are younger. Parker and especially Popovich RARELY make any kind of comment that could be interpreted an excuse in any way, shape, or form.

      So we can all forgive Parker if he says he was fatigued. And besides, you don’t hear him talking about the injury bothering him do you? The most you got out of him was that it could tear. Not that it was preventing him from performing.

      THAT is why most people are fine with his fatigue comment as opposed to LeBron and Wade.

  6. hatesycophants - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’ve been impressed by Parker, but maybe it would help his hammy if didn’t fall down after every shot?

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