2014 NBA Finals: 5 Reasons Why Tony Parker’s Health Is A Concern

2014 NBA Finals: 5 Reasons Why Tony Parker's Health Is A Concern

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This year hasn't been one of the healthiest years for Tony Parker, but it hasn't stopped him from leading the San Antonio Spurs to their first back-to-back NBA Finals appearance in franchise history. After going down with an ankle injury in Game 6 against Oklahoma City, Parker has been cleared for the first game of the finals. Here are five reasons why Parker's health is a concern.

5. Re-Injury

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5. Re-Injury

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The possibility of re-injuring his ankle is a legitimate concern for Parker and the Spurs. If he comes back too soon, he can do irreparable damage to himself and hurt San Antonio's chance at the title.

4. Team Chemistry Issues

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4. Team Chemistry Issues

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If Parker is going to be in and out of the lineup due to his health, he could inadvertently throw off the rhythm the Spurs have created. If everyone has to adjust to his questionable health, it will not help along the momentum that they have built in the playoffs.

3. The Future of San Antonio

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3. The Future of San Antonio

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The NBA Finals are a big reason for concern towards Parker's health, but what if this is the beginning of things to come? Parker is not getting any older and the future of the Spurs may count on how he recovers from this.

2. Damage to the Psyche

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2. Damage to the Psyche

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Even if Parker is physically healthy, can he return to the same Tony Parker we saw in the first few games against the Portland Trail Blazers? He may not be as aggressive and fear hurting himself again. This would pose a serious threat the Spurs' success.

1. Effectiveness

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1. Effectiveness

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The most obvious concern is the effectiveness of Tony Parker with his wavering health. He must produce at the highest-level because this is the biggest moment of the season. If his play is inconsistent and uncharacteristic, there is no doubt the Spurs will be seeing a fate similar to last season's heart-breaking end.

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