The San Antonio Spurs are adept at managing the minutes of their veteran players. That still does not guarantee that they will avoid injuries to key players, of course, and in game five of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers their most important player sustained an injury.
Point guard Tony Parker, forced to leave that game with a strained hamstring, insists that he will be able to play in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals. But as Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News notes, head coach Gregg Popovich isn’t so sure that Parker will be ready:
But coach Gregg Popovich struck a more cautious stance on Friday, saying he needs to assess Parker’s rehab progress before he puts his All-Star point guard in jeopardy.
‘I haven’t seen him today,’ Popovich said. ‘I saw him yesterday. I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to go. He’s going to stay off it today and tomorrow. They’re going to put him on a treadmill and a bike, and then see where we’re at. We’ll know more tomorrow.’”
It could be posturing. It could be genuine caution. Whatever the case may be, all eyes will be on this situation and on how Parker looks if he is able to take the floor to open the team’s series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.