A slight hamstring strain was the diagnosis on Wednesday, but as the Spurs look to stretch their series advantage to 3-1 on Thursday, Parker’s importance is obvious. It remains unclear how much Parker will play on Thursday night, but he will suit up.
Tony Parker says three times, ‘I will be ready to go ”
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 13, 2013
Parker spoke with the media on Thursday morning, as did Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Both touched upon the same scenario regarding Parker and his availability — he is ready to play and he will give it a go. This is obviously a huge boost for the Spurs in Game 4, as a game plan that did not include the All-Star point guard would have severely damaged the team’s chance of taking control of this series even more than they already have.
Cory Joseph would have been in a position to start had Parker been unable to play, but it should be noted that he will still likely see an increase in minutes, simply because we know that Parker is banged up and the uncertainty surrounding how much he will actually play remains to be determined. Despite the hamstring injury and questionable diagnosis, it probably would’ve taken a more severe injury to keep Parker sidelined here in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
With that being said however, things appear official heading into Thursday night — Parker will play and he’s making it known early on here that he will be ready to go.
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