At this point in the NBA season, no one player is really 100 percent healthy. Not LeBron James, not Tim Duncan, not Dwyane Wade and certainly not Tony Parker. But that also doesn’t mean that either of those players are going to be limited by any late-season injuries, and there’s no exception for Parker.
The San Antonio Spurs were forced to play without Tony Parker (sprained ankle) for the second half in their NBA Finals-clinching Game 6 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, however, he now appears ready to go.
Not 100 percent, but ready to go.
At least that’s what Parker told a French radio station — translation courtesy of The San Antonio Express-News:
“I twisted my ankle in Game 4 of the first round against Dallas. I continued to play with the pain and I again twisted the ankle in Game 4 of the conference finals against Oklahoma City. I gritted my teeth; I did not mean to abandon my teammates. But the pain was too strong in the sixth game. I could not really play anymore.
“Today, I spend my days in treatment. But the good news is that I will play the first game of the Finals on Thursday against the Heat. I may not be 100% but I’ll be there. In 13 years, I played seven conference finals and I have the chance to play my fifth Finals with Spurs. This is really great. I continue my dream, this is really something great.”
The Spurs are going to need as healthy of a Parker as they can get. Without Parker, the Spurs might not stand a chance against the Heat’s defensive onslaught. San Antonio is going to need all the weapons they can get on the offensive side of the ball against Miami, and Parker is kind of a pretty important one.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday.