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Report: Tony Parker ‘hopeful’ to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Jun 1, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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When it was announced that Tony Parker would miss the entire second half of Game 6 due to a sore left ankle, it was worth wondering at the time if Gregg Popovich — famous for not pushing his players, especially through a losing situation — was managing Parker’s injury with the hopes that he’d be ready if the series were to go seven games.

That wasn’t necessary, with the Spurs coming out and stomping the Thunder 37-20 in the third and then coming away with the overtime Game 6 victory that set up a Finals rematch with the Miami Heat, which begins June 5.

San Antonio is happy to get the chance at redemption, but the team will almost certainly need Parker to be healthy in order for that to take place.

It appears as though the time off between games will have him ready for Game 1 on Thursday.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Despite a sprained ankle, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is hopeful to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Parker “should be ready” to play in Game 1, two sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports.

Parker will work to rehabilitate the sprain over the next several days of preparation for the Finals rematch with the Miami Heat.

Sprains can be tricky to deal with, and can take weeks to heal properly, depending on the level of severity. It was either bad enough to sideline Parker during a game where his team had a chance to get to the Finals, or bad enough that Popovich didn’t want to make it worse in case he needed Parker for a Game 7.

Parker’s effectiveness will be a key for the Spurs in the series, especially his ability to break down defenders off the dribble and get into the paint, where he can create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates.

Parker is averaging 17.2 points and 4.9 assists in 30.2 minutes for San Antonio this postseason.

 

  1. ravenswhat - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Of course he’s playing.

  2. jimeejohnson - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Oui Oui, and for the haters: wee-wee!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    He’s playing. And he’ll be awesome, Never more confident in anything I’ve ever said.

  4. jzone954 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    But down the stretch when they put Lebron on him he’ll be completely canceled out and Pop will have to sit him like he did last year.

    • kb2408 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      LeBron will have enough to worry about with Kawhi and Boris….he will be too tired to chase Tony.

    • kb2408 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I bet you said the same thing when Miami played Dallas and they put him on Jason Terry down the stretch. How did that work for ya?

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Lebron can’t guard Parker, he’s way too quick for him. Parker burned Lebron and everyone else on the Heat last year, then he hurt his hamstring and wasn’t effective regardless of Lebron, so you probably missed the first couple games.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      LeBron is 4-7 against the Spurs in the Finals. He shot only 37% from the field the fist series against them & only 44% from the field the second series against them. You should be concerned more about LeBron than Tony Parker.

      • toycannoni - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        lol @canton….

        lebron was a 22 year old manchild in the first series,coached by mike brown who didn’t have any solutions to help, with all the pressure pop threw at the GOAT(brown was one of the main reason the king left cleve)

        last year was a totally different story…he may have only shot 44% overall vs pops plan, but he put up 32-10-11 in game 6…. and scored 37 with 12 boards in the clincher….leading to his 2nd consecutive playoff mvp

        no doubt pops will make it tough on the king, but there’s no answer in stopping him when the all the chips are on the table

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Actually buddy, he only shot 42% from the field in game 6. FYI, in 3 of the 7 games he didn’t even score 20. In only 2 games was he able to shoot over 50% from the field. He was a lucky 5-10 from 3 point range in game 7, something he will never do again.
        So like I said, worry about your “King” scoring more than Parker.
        These stats are all facts, however, the bandwagon fans call it hating. Lol!

      • toycannoni - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        @cantonbound 13

        a lucky 5-10 from 3 point range, and he’ll never do it again??….lol

        your so called facts and your credibility are both skewed….he went 8-10 from deep, in scoring 61, just a few short months ago

        i could care less what his percentage is when he’s scoring 30+ and single-handedly destroying the competition on the way to his consecutive finals mvp trophy

        i never said you were a hater, but if you’re from canton i could certainly understand it

        with another 6-8 solid years left(barring injury)….i can see the GOAT destroying many records on the way

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        You’re comparing a day in the regular season against the Bobcats to the Finals?? Carmelo dropped 62 against the Bobcats & didn’t play the 4th quarter!
        Here are some more stats you may not know about:
        LeBron has a 10-12 career record in the Finals. In 7 Finals games he failed to reach 20 points. So in nearly 1 of every 3 games he’s played he couldn’t even score 20???? Not GOAT material. In only 6 games was he able to shoot over 50% from the field! I have plenty of stats to prove to you he is no where near the greatest of all time.

  5. antistratfordian - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    If Parker keeps playing like he has been, the Spurs will wish he was out.

    • toycannoni - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      that’s for sure, antistratfordian….tp looking like he woke up old overnight in the playoffs

      with a bad ankle to boot, chalmers and cole should be able to handle him 1 on 1, leaving the king as a wild card defender

      that doesn’t bode well for any team

  6. floridascuba1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Norris cole is miamis answer to Parker

    • thundercocck - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Patty Mills has a thing or two to say

  7. jzone954 - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Kb24. You did see the finals last year didn’t you? When Lebron switched to Parker dude was done, pop sat him because of it. You really don’t remember this?

    • buffalowned - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Lakers fans have a short memory of other teams’ success. They still like to think they’re in the glory days.

    • thundercocck - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      That was last year. This year I hope to god they do it again so that Chalmers will have to guard Kawhi.

  8. cantonb0und13 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Kb, remember when the Lakers we’re suppose to beat the Celtics in 2008?

  9. cantonbound13 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Three years ago Harden played hurt & was ineffective. Last year Parker battled injuries & Parker again. I guess you can make a positive argument for PED use.

  10. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Can Dwyane Wade lead his team to a 4th championship? Or will the Spurs win their fifth? Should be interesting.

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