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NBA_Starter
06-15-2013, 11:36 PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs guard Tony Parker said Saturday the strained right hamstring that wore him down this week could tear "anytime now" heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

But he's giving no thought to letting the injury properly heal.

"If it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days," Parker said. "But now it's the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it's life."

It would also deal a major blow to the Spurs' chances of winning this title.

Yet despite the blunt assessment of his hamstring, the All-Star told reporters he is getting stronger on the eve of San Antonio's final home game Sunday night. Parker said he is confident, staying disciplined with treatment and still aspires to be "close to 100%" by tipoff.

That's exactly how the 31-year-old point guard looked to start Game 4 on Thursday night, two days after straining the hamstring in a blowout win. But Parker faded badly after a sizzling start, going scoreless in the second half while the Heat pulled away and tied the series 2-all, reclaiming home-court advantage.

Parker acknowledged feeling fatigued as Game 4 dragged on. His scoring average in the Finals has dipped to 13.8 points after arguably the best season of his 12-year career.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich downplayed the severity of Parker's injury and the struggles of another of his Big Three, guard Manu Ginobili, who is shooting a career-worst 38% in the playoffs but whose need to pick up the slack heightens when Parker is ailing.

"They're fine," Popovich said Saturday.

Popovich's concern instead: turnovers. Especially now that the Spurs are faced with needing another win in Miami and maybe two in order to claim a fifth championship.

They stole Game 1 in Miami behind an exceptionally careful and disciplined game by NBA standards playoffs or regular season tying a Finals record with four turnovers. But since then, the Spurs have 49 turnovers, including 36 in two losses.

Sloppy play is one culprit. But so is the sheer athleticism and talent of the Heat, who have scored 42 points off turnovers in two victories. Making matters worse for the Spurs in Game 4 was the resurgence of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who combined to score 85 of Miami's 109 points on Thursday night.

San Antonio has survived careless ball protection this season, going 25-13 when committing 16 or more turnovers.

But against Miami's Big Three, the margin for error shrinks.

"You got to be close to perfect to beat them," Ginobili said Saturday. "And we were pretty far from that (in Game 4). If they're having an OK game, we can make a few mistakes here and there and we can mask it. But when they're playing like we just can't make mistakes."

Popovich has stressed movement and not playing in crowds against the Heat, which is 43-3 when forcing teams into 16 or more turnovers. Spurs guard Gary Neal put a comfortable and realistic range of turnovers for the Spurs to win around 10 or 12.

That leaves Parker with two goals for Game 5: hope his hamstring holds up better, and play less recklessly.

"We have to understand that their identity is to play aggressive defense, and they gamble, and they're going to take a lot of chances with steals and blocks," Parker said. "We just have to be smarter with our decisions."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/spurs/2013/06/15/spurs-parker-sore-hamstring-can-tear-any-time/2426979/

TheNumber37
06-16-2013, 12:00 AM
No tear. Spurs in 6
Tear. Heat in 7.

RiceOnTheRun
06-16-2013, 12:32 AM
This would be really disappointing. I think the biggest losers would be the fans tbh.

I for one, am looking forward to hopefully 3 close games and not a single blowout among them. Without TP, that becomes doubtful.

stawka
06-16-2013, 12:46 AM
lol @ tear anytime. C'mon, it's either his English is poor, or he is seriously ****ing stupid. His hamstring is THAT bad, that it might go anytime now, but he still aspires to be very close to 100% by game 5?

Yeah I call the English not so good option. With that said, Wade has been playing on one knee all year. I hope Parker gets healthy, but I'm not buying that crap

TestedWest
06-16-2013, 12:48 AM
Ehh I would like to see him at full strength so that if the Heat win, haters can't complain/make excuses.

Slug3
06-16-2013, 02:04 AM
lol @ tear anytime. C'mon, it's either his English is poor, or he is seriously ****ing stupid. His hamstring is THAT bad, that it might go anytime now, but he still aspires to be very close to 100% by game 5?

Yeah I call the English not so good option. With that said, Wade has been playing on one knee all year. I hope Parker gets healthy, but I'm not buying that crap

I would advise you to read up on muscle strains. Of the strain does not heal and he keeps playing on it then he is 100% correct. At any time it can tear and become worse. Depending on the severity of the strain, a strain is literally micro tears already in the muscle. Hope he doesn't get any worse, but if this was the regular season he most likely would have missed 5 games or so.

Hawkeye15
06-16-2013, 02:12 AM
If the Heat win, it will be fuel for Bron haters to cling to.



Fact.

Jarvo
06-16-2013, 02:39 AM
Well **** me then ! :( I pray it doesnt tear.

stawka
06-16-2013, 03:44 AM
Dbl post

stawka
06-16-2013, 03:45 AM
I understand that, but why go out and say that publicly? Wade has been ignoring these same questions for months about his knee. Just STFU and play, it's the NBA finals. Seems like excuses to me

To be brutally honest, when I was in my very early 20's, I tore my ACL and kept playing on it for another 2 years before I operated on it. I would fall over at least twice a game and be in so much pain but I was on a waiting list to get it operated on so I thought I'd foolishly play on it... In a Rec league, in the regular season, for free -- not a "strained" anything, not in the NBA, not in the Finals, and not getting paid millions

And yes to Hawkeye15, of course it will be. Just like "Last year was a lockout year, the Heat were more advantages than anyone else because of that" LOL

So fail

LakersMaster24
06-16-2013, 04:28 AM
If the Heat win, it will be fuel for Bron haters to cling to.



Fact.

If Heat win Lebron lovers will put him in the Top 3 of All-Time and what not.

Kuya_Clive
06-16-2013, 05:06 AM
Not surprised. His hammy is already strained so a tear would be the progression from a grade 1 or 2 strain to a grade 3 (complete rupture).

naps
06-16-2013, 07:19 AM
If the Heat win, it will be fuel for Bron haters to cling to.



Fact.

True. Wade has been playing on one knee for months now and almost certainly will undergo surgical procedure for a fix after the finals.

Parker has underperformed so far in this series so I think he's making this statement as a precaution in case if they lose it's his injury, and if he manages to stage his heroics, it's "well he did it with a strained hamstring." Win win for him.

Jarvo
06-16-2013, 11:50 AM
True. Wade has been playing on one knee for months now and almost certainly will undergo surgical procedure for a fix after the finals.

Parker has underperformed so far in this series so I think he's making this statement as a precaution in case if they lose it's his injury, and if he manages to stage his heroics, it's "well he did it with a strained hamstring." Win win for him.

Paker underperformed? Are we watching The same series onmy game he was bad in was the 2nd half of Game 4.

TrueFan420
06-16-2013, 12:19 PM
lol @ tear anytime. C'mon, it's either his English is poor, or he is seriously ****ing stupid. His hamstring is THAT bad, that it might go anytime now, but he still aspires to be very close to 100% by game 5?

Yeah I call the English not so good option. With that said, Wade has been playing on one knee all year. I hope Parker gets healthy, but I'm not buying that crap
Dude try reading. The tear anytime is the op. Parker says if its reg season I would rest but its the finals if it tears from pushing o well that's life it's the finals.