With Grade 1 strain, Parker says he’ll be ready for WCF opener

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.

35 Comments

  1. WhiteHotRob says:

    A lot of people on here is ignorant obviously there’s telling whose gonna win the west as of now the Slim Reaper is settling for nothing less of a Title as are the spurs but all that is irrelevant Miami grabbing a third and there’s nothing OKC or the spurs can do… MVP was a fluke this finals MVP won’t be.

  2. Mr. Blinebury, the western conference finals opens on Monday not Sunday :))))))))

  3. Daniel says:

    Los Spurs no deben confiarse aún si Ibaka está fuera. Necesitaremos todo el apoyo en los juegos en casa (home games). Let´s go Spurs.

  4. okc2014 says:

    Let the games begin! OKC2014.

  5. The Rock says:

    I feel Perkins will do something funny in Spurs game. Shaqtin A Fool.

  6. ronnie basilio says:

    KD and Russ are in good shape now. Plus the MVP season for KD boost a chance of beating the old Spurs in 6.

  7. YewSin says:

    I feel he should rest the first 3 game and only if Spurs couldn’t handle Thunder then recall him is necessary.

  8. cordie says:

    Spurs win the old-fashion way THEY E_A_R_N IT! Go Spurs GO!

  9. Yes Sir says:

    Well with the news Ibaka (The Core) of the Thunders defense out for the rest of the playoffs the Spurs chances look that much better to me. Even if Parker sits out a game or something they have the Depth, offense and defense to out last the Thunders 2 Lone gunners unless their bench can provide some offensive punch. I see Spurs in 6

  10. Tina L says:

    Tony is consistent & rarely dressed out of a game. He’ll be there when we need him. That’s an easy bet!

  11. Tina Lindsey says:

    Tony always gives everything to the Spurs, and his fans. He knows how far he can push himself but I hope he doesn’t go too far in the beginning because we’re really gonna need him to win this title!!!!

  12. Mleh says:

    I thought the SPURS moving to the finals but with Ibaka down i’m sure now

  13. brobin lopez says:

    hey fran-on the other article you expressed that okc is generally considered to be the favorite to win this series. I understand that sentiment and I can concur to a certain extent. However, going through a few betting sites it becomes obvious that the Spurs are undisputed favorites to take this down. For any fun gamblers out there, get on it. It’s perhaps unexplainable..

  14. Ramzi says:

    Spurs this time is gonna be different and will never leave a chance. parker has been always a key figure, so come back soon please

  15. Gary says:

    Parker can rest for 2 home games, and SAS are still going to beat OKC in 4-5 games.

  16. MR210 says:

    GO SPURS GO! DRIVE FOR FIVE!
    Spurs will win in 6 on the road.

    This will not be like 2012 WCF where they win two and lose 4 straight.

    Spurs are a much better team now, and OKC has only a 1-2 punch to rely on (mind you it’s the best in the league)….but that is not good enough to beat a machine-like team (i.e. Spurs, Heat).

    Spurs playing at a high level cannot be stopped.

    Spurs won’t have a breakdown like LAC did.
    LAC should have won that series.
    Everybody knows LAC is a much better team than OKC. If this whole Donald Sterling thing doesn’t happen – LAC vs. Spurs in the WCF!

    Spurs and Heat rematch – much to the disdain of the NBA…

  17. Mleh says:

    SPURS gonna sweep this team of cheaters

    • Chris says:

      Spurs in 6. OKC is still a good team refs or not. Longtime spurs fan since the Robinson days, but you have to respect your opponent.

  18. scott says:

    Spurs in 6, they won’t let the reg. seasons losses define this series.

  19. Kal says:

    no you won’t be ready…

    he’s coming for you Spurs…

    http://www.comicvine.com/skeletor/4005-16424/

    #SlimReaper

  20. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    No disrespect to the great Tony Parker, but Spurs literally have no one to really guard KD, Russ, and Reggie Jackson (Spur killer). Kawhi Leonard is a decent defender but not as good as Tony Allen or Matt Barnes.

    SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP!

    • Mike says:

      No team in the league actually considers “guarding” KD as a realistic task. You just do your best as a team to limit or offset the damage he makes. However, you’re wrong, Kawhi is an excellent defender but he is an also a very good offensive player (better than Allen and Barnes), and most likely KD will be guarding him at the other end. The best way to slow down Durant is to make him work on both ends of the floor and Kawhi has the ability to do that. Parker will hardly see Westbrook, and the task of guarding him will mostly go to Danny Green and Patty Mills. Reggie had 2 good games against the Spurs in the regular season, but the post-season Spurs are a different beast entirely. The battle of the bigs will offer the most intriguing matchups; Duncan, Ibaka, Baynes, Adams, Perkins, Splitter, Diaw and Collison… all of whom are playing terrific basketball. Regardless of who wins this conference, the Larry O’Brien trophy is heading West this year.

      • Chris says:

        I disagree… I still don’t think OKC can beat Miami in a 7 game series. I’m not a Miami fan, but I haven’t really seen anything to convince me that OKC can strike Miami with it’s kryptonite.

    • Chris says:

      In the season matchup, spurs had the upper hand till Leonard went down. In the final season matchup, the game changed significantly in OKC’s favor with Leonard in foul trouble.

      OKC gets too much favoritism for calls. In the season series Westbrook got away with defense that would have gotten him to the line if San Antonio was playing him that way.

    • 36yrfan says:

      ….Matt Barnes you say….lmao…..JG, certainly you are kidding…..He is better than both and you know it…Allen is Much better than Barnes….AND….there is no such thing as “really guarding” a jump shooter as tall as KD, but it won’t matter…..He can average 40 and his TEAM will not win 4 against the Spurs this year

  21. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Thunder SWEEPS the Spurs! SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP! 4 wins, 0 losses against the Spurs. Let’s do it again next round! YES! YES! YES!

    • 36yrfan says:

      ….grow up,……”Let’s do it ‘AGAIN’ next round” ????? What the……..lol…..regular season doesn’t count now ……. now 2nd games of back-to-backs to get your easy advantage and ALL of the Spurs will actually play against a team that is much like the Last team they dispatched……. 2 players getting Most of the shots among the Starters with not that strong of a bench….

  22. Doucheku says:

    Strong or Lame, old man Spur is going down-

    OKC is coming for you-

    GO, OKC!!!

    • Chris says:

      Correction, refs are coming for them. The league wants a Thunder-heat rematch, one Westbrooks injury last year supposedly detoured.

      Do not be surprised if the best spurs defenders foul out by halftime

      • D says:

        Everyone who proclaims OKC as “cheaters” – stop being childish.

      • Chris says:

        I suppose you weren’t one of the ones saying it about Miami then? I’m sorry but the clipper series was the worst officiating since the 2002 WCF

    • 36yrfan says:

      ……’old man spur’ ?? ……..please try to be at least a ‘little’ creative……… that “old” theme is worn out now , especially since they are Not the oldest team left in the playoffs……starters OR the whole roster…….but that’s OK , parrot….just keep repeating something somebody else said about 5-6 years ago……it is amusing to read……

      • Chris says:

        I’m just hoping those words spark a fire that torches the thunder. Thunder can’t beat the heat anyway, so let a team that actually can win the title go to the finals.

  23. Chris says:

    Rest well, come back strong and ready!

  24. Moe says:

    Parker please get well soon. We’ll going to need you to bring it. Even if you have to rest for game 1 of WCF; don’t over do it.