By Fran Blinebury, NBA.com
Tony Parker vowed to be ready to play whenever the Spurs begin the the Western Conference finals.
The All-Star point guard left Wednesday night’s clinching Game 5 win over Portland early in the second quarter due to tightness in his left hamstring.
According to Parker in a text message to the San Antonio Express-News, an MRI done Thursday revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain.
“It’s OK; not too bad,” Parker said. “Not as bad as the NBA Finals [last June]. NBA Finals was a Grade 2. This one is Grade 1. So should be fine for Monday.”
After averaging 23.5 points in the first four games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Blazers, Parker played only 10 minutes of Game 5 and did not score a point.
The Spurs have listed Parker officially as day-to-day. The best way for him to recover fully is with rest.
The Western Conference finals would open on Sunday if the Thunder close out their series with the Clippers tonight. If the series goes to a Game 7, that would be played on Sunday and the winner would advance to face the Spurs on Wednesday night in San Antonio.
After a blazing start to the NBA Finals a year ago, Parker suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring in Game 3. He did not miss any of the remaining four games of The Finals, but his mobility was limited and he was not as effective.