Tony Parker suffered a strained hamstring in game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals, but remained hopeful that he would play in game 4. It has now been confirmed that Parker will indeed be playing Thursday night.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says @tonyparker is "Ready to go."
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 13, 2013
Tony scored just six points in the Spurs’ 36-point victory in game 3, but he obviously didn’t need to do much more. Still, he has had a couple of subpar games and San Antonio needs him to perform at a higher level.
While the likes of Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard have stepped up while the original Big 3 of the Spurs is struggling, you can’t rely on role players to carry you all the way.
A hamstring strain might not be that serious, but Parker will probably be quite sore come Thursday evening. He will try to play through it but it could obviously limit his explosive first step and his ability to get to the basket.
The Spurs have a 2-1 lead in the series against the Miami Heat and will be playing two more games in San Antonio.