There has been much talk surrounding San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker on whether he will be able to suit up for Game 4 of the NBA Finals after sustaining a hamstring injury. The Grade 1 hamstring strain, which occurred in Game 3 on Tuesday night, could severely limit his production on the court. However, that will not stop the 31-year-old from missing an opportunity to take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
“I’ll be ready to go,” Parker said, according to USA Today Sports.
The strained hamstring clearly had an effect on Parker, as he was only able to score six points in 27 minutes in Tuesday’s 113-77 blowout against the Miami Heat. With that being said, he did manage to record eight assists, which worked out well considering Danny Green and Gary Neal completely took over the game.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is confident that Parker will be able to get the job done as he reportedly stated he expects the same performance out of his point guard. However, one has to wonder how well Parker will truly be able to perform. If San Antonio can put up points as they did Tuesday night then they should get by without Parker on offense. However, the bigger concern has to be on defense.
There is no question the Heat are going to hit the Spurs with a ton of bricks after getting embarrassed on national television. The big three are always a big concern, but point guard Mario Chalmers could go off with an injured Parker guarding him. Chalmers scored a game-high 19 points in Miami’s 103-84 dismantling of San Antonio on Sunday.
It is certainly courageous that Parker will suit up for Game 4, but the Spurs must hope that it does not come back to hurt them. There is no question the Heat will put all sorts of pressure on Parker throughout the game, which could cause major problems.