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Monday, June 2, 2014

Spurs Injury Update: Severity of Tony Parker's injury unknown

By on 6/02/2014 06:30:00 AM

The San Antonio Spurs enter the NBA Finals in a rematch of last year's Finals against the Miami Heat. The Spurs got back to the Finals following a 112-107 win in overtime over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. The Spurs did so without the presence of veteran guard Tony Parker in the second half and in the overtime due to ankle soreness.. His status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is currently unknown.

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Marc J. Spears, NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, tweeted the following on Parker's status.
Dan McCarney reported at that Parker was pulled at halftime by coach Gregg Popovich saying that Parker came to him before the game and said he couldn't cut sideways or forward. It was a tough choice for Popovich whether to play Parker and risk further injury which would have affected Game 7. Popovich is hoping that four days off will be enough for Parker to be ready for Game 1 of the Finals.

Cory Joseph and Patty Mills struggled backing up and filling in for Parker, so Popovich went to veteran Manu Ginboili, who had 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in 33 minutes.

Parker, in his 13th NBA season, averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 68 regular season games. During the post season, he is averaging 17.2 points and 4.9 assists. That's quite a fine season for a 36-year old veteran who has had five listed injuries during the regular season and two more in the post season.

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