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Monday, June 2, 2014

Spurs Injury Update: Tony Parker expected to play in Game 1

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

The San Antonio Spurs enter the NBA Finals in a rematch of last year's Finals against the Miami Heat, hoping to prevent the Heat from winning a third straight NBA Championship. 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. Parker is hopeful to be ready for Game 1 on Thursday.

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As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, two sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo! Sports that Parker should be ready to go on Thursday.  Over the next few days Parker will rehabilitate his sprained ankle, which has bothered him since Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Cory Joseph and 36-year old veteran Manu Ginobili saw the majority of the minutes at point guard in the second half and overtime of Game 6. Should Parker struggle or be limited due to the injury, expect Ginobili and Joseph to continue to log extra 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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