Posted June 12, 2013

Spurs’ Tony Parker (hamstring) listed as day-to-day before Game 4 against Heat

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Tony Parker

Tony Parker is listed day-to-day in advance of Game 4. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs announced Wednesday that an MRI of All-Star guard Tony Parker’s right hamstring revealed a Grade 1 strain. He will be listed as day-to-day in advance of Game 4 of the Finals against the Heat, set for Thursday at the AT&T Center, and did not practice Wednesday.

“The MRI just confirmed what I felt was a strain, and I was just hoping it was not a tear or a defect,” Parker said at a news conference. “So the good news [is] it’s not a tear. It’s not a defect. So that’s the good news. Now I just have to see how I’m going to feel [Thursday].”

Parker said he wasn’t feeling pressure to be available for Game 4, but that the injury was “something new” for him and that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich generally prefers a cautious approach.

“Coach Pop always prefer the rest, to avoid injury,” Parker said. “It’s an injury, and so we’ll see. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.  Talk with Pop. Obviously it’s the Finals, you know. I know Pop is always going to prefer we take no risk.”

Popovich was noncommittal on Parker’s status for Thursday but noted that a Grade 1 strain is the “lowest level” of hamstring strains.

“I want to wait until [Thursday] before I make a decision whether he should play or not,” Popovich said. “And obviously a lot of it will have to do with Tony, and what happens to him during the day, and how I think his play will affect our team, whether good or bad. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is, and we’ll see what he looks like tomorrow.  A lot of it will be what he feels.”

Parker finished with six points (on 2-for-5 shooting) and eight assists in 27 minutes in Game 3 on Tuesday. He left the game early, but San Antonio held a large fourth-quarter lead en route to a 113-77 victory.

Popovich has used a number of guards in his rotation during the postseason, and reserves Gary Neal and Cory Joseph both played more than 20 minutes in Game 3. Neal had six three-pointers and 24 points.

Parker, a five-time All-Star, led the Spurs in scoring and assists in the regular season and that has continued in the postseason. The 31-year-old averaged 20.3 points and 7.6 assists in the regular season and is averaging 21.3 points and 7.1 assists in the playoffs.

Tim Duncan broached the possibility of playing Game 4 without Parker on Wednesday.

“If that be the case, it would be a huge loss for us,” he said. “We played all season long minus a couple of guys in different cases for whatever amount. I was gone for 10 [actually 13] games, Tony was gone for a little while [16 games], Manu [Ginobili] was gone for a little while [22 games]. We made adjustments. … The responsibility will fall on my shoulders more, obviously, and Manu as well. So we both will try to step up even more in the absence of [Parker].”

3 comments
Michael7843853
Michael7843853

It's a no brainer. The Heat will be loaded for bear on Thursday. Don't risk losing Parker for the whole series. 

Press1
Press1

@Michael7843853 Right, this is the same Popp who got fined for sitting all his starters.  I don't see him risking Parker, if he's any less than 80% on Thursday.  Now to Sunday is long enough.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Press1 @Michael7843853 

Could be just a ploy to keep the Heat guessing how to gameplan. I bet they already know his status... After a 30 point arse kicking I'm sure the Heat are looking at this game as a must win mixed with the revenge factor. Can't see them losing, wonder if Pop throws in the towel and sits Parker for that reason. Bring him back fresh and let the reserves try and steal the improbable win...