Spurs’ Parker has only a strained hamstring, could play in Game 4
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 13, 2013 12:17AM
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:27PM
SAN ANTONIO — Miami Heat players said they weren’t concerned about whether Tony Parker can play tonight in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but his San Antonio Spurs sure were.
Even with his struggles the last two games, Parker is the catalyst for the Spurs’ offense. An MRI exam Wednesday revealed he has a Grade 1 hamstring strain, making him day-to-day.
‘‘I was just hoping it wasn’t a tear or a defect,’’ Parker said. ‘‘So the good news is it’s not a tear. Now I just have to see how I’m going to feel [today].’’
Teammates are optimistic.
‘‘I think he’ll play,’’ Kawhi Leonard said.
If Parker is out, one option is starting Manu Ginobili and having him handle the point guard duties.
‘‘The responsibility will fall on my shoulders more, obviously, and Manu as well,’’ Spurs center Tim Duncan said of picking up the scoring if Parker is out.
† Spurs guard Danny Green was a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a teammate of LeBron James in the 2009-10 season. Green admitted he was shocked when James left for the Heat after that season.
‘‘I thought he was coming back, to be honest, but then again, what did I know?’’ Green said. ‘‘I never thought he would go to Miami, but he did, he made the decision, and it seems like the right decision so far.’’
† Look for the Heat to get back to a lot of pick-and-roll tonight with Mario Chalmers and James.