SAN ANTONIO — While Tony Parker will be ready to go for the opening tip of Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday night, the Spurs point guard says he’s less sure how his sore left ankle will hold up over the course of a long series.
“A little bit. A little bit because you never know how it’s going to feel,” Parker said. “But I’m trying to be positive, trying to do everything I can, eat healthy, get my rest, do all the treatment.
“I trust my body. I’ve been playing for four years nonstop, since 2010, no vacation, made three conference finals, made two finals with the national team so we always go all the way.
“But I’m very proud, my body, and, yes, I had a little stuff, wear and tear. But I’m still here and I trust my body to hold up for the whole series.”
Parker said the biggest thing that worked in his favor concerning the injury, that he originally suffered in the first round of the playoffs against Dallas, was his teammates being able to close out the second half of Game 6 at Oklahoma City without him and not being forced into a seventh game. He will have had five full days of resting the ankle before The Finals begin.
“These days have been huge for me,” Parker said. “I was proud of my teammates to get it done for OKC because those five days made the difference for me to be ready for Game 1.”