San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker may have been sidelined during his teammates practice on Wednesday afternoon (June 12), but he and his team are hoping that he won’t be riding the bench during Thursday night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Parker has been officially listed with a grade 1 right hamstring strain, which is the least severe, with the Spurs calling his status “day-to-day.” The NBA star incurred the injury during the second half of his team’s Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat.
“The good news is it’s not a tear, it’s not a defect,” Parker said. “Now I just have to see how I’m going to feel [Thursday].” He says he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to play and will make the decision with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich based on how he’s feeling Thursday.
“Coach Pop always prefers the rest, to avoid injury,” Parker said. “If it was the regular season I would definitely have rest. I would not play. And same thing here, it’s an injury, and so we’ll see.
“I’m not putting pressure on myself,” he added. “The whole series I have to be patient. A lot of the Miami defense focus is on me. So my teammates are taking advantage of it. And they are playing great. And hopefully they can keep it going.”