Tony Parker Ready To Go For Game 4 Of The Finals
SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker didnt participate in practice on Wednesday, after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain.
He refused to speculate on his availability for Game 4, but he and Gregg Popovich confirmed to reporters at this mornings shootaround that he would in fact be in the lineup for the Spurs on Thursday night.
I will be ready to go, Parker said, via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
The hamstring limited Parker to just six points in 27 minutes of action in Game 3, but thanks to the play of Danny Green and and Gary Neal who combined for 51 points, San Antonio rolled to a 36-point victory.
Parker was the Spurs leading scorer during the regular season, and even if hes limited by the injury, just having him out there initiating the offense is extremely important to what his team does on that end of the floor.
Heat players largely said they wouldnt concern themselves with Parkers status on Wednesday, and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra echoed it from the top, stating that its more about his teams effort than it is about who suits up for the opposition.
But being the competitor he is, Spoelstra wants to beat the Spurs at nothing less than 100 percent.
If we bring the level of effort and focus that we brought [in Game 3], it doesnt matter who plays for them, Spoelstra said. Were hoping he plays. We want both teams to be healthy. We dont want any excuses and they dont want any excuses, either.
There wont be any excuses from either side now that Parker is officially a go for Game 4.
Source: Ben Pollakoff, NBC Sports