Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Hamstring

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 12, 2013

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker injured his hamstring in Tuesday's Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat.

UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 12:25 a.m. ET by Eric Ball

Parker registered 26 points and five assists in the Spurs convincing 114-104 victory over the Heat. Despite his brilliance, it sounds as if he still is less than 100 percent according to Kurt Helin of Basketballtalk:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 2:35 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Despite still struggling with a hamstring injury, Parker told reporters that he's good to go for tonight's pivotal Game 5 vs. Miami, per CBS Sports' Matt Moore.

Tony Parker said Sunday at shootaround before Game 5 of the Finals that he feels "good" and is ready to go in the last home game of the season for the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Miami Heat.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, at 1:58 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

ESPN's Michael Wallace passes along this quote from Parker, who sheds light on the severity of his injury:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 12:59 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Parker finished with 15 points, nine assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes. However, he did comment after the game that he's still looking to get back to 100 percent for the next contest (via NBA on ESPN):

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Tony Parker will play in tonight's Game 4 matchup against Miami, per the team's official Twitter feed.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Tony Parker has a slightly sprained hamstring, as he stated on his Twitter feed in French. According to Google Translate, he said, "I just had MRI. Result: I suffer from a slight strain to the hamstring. We’ll see tomorrow how I feel, I really hope to play!" (via Pro Basketball Talk). 

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports confirmed the news.

A. Sherrod Blakely of noted that the injury is a Grade 1 strain.

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Parker only had six points in the Spurs' 113-77 victory in San Antonio, but he also posted eight assists in 27-plus minutes. The Spurs star had averaged 22.3 points, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 47.1 percent from the field this postseason heading into Game 3.

In 66 regular-season games, Parker averaged 20.3 points and 7.6 assists on 52.2 percent shooting (35.3 percent from three). His PER of 23.1 was among the top on the team behind Tim Duncan.

Parker is obviously critical to San Antonio's NBA Finals success, as he is the engine that runs the offense. As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports noted:

The 31-year-old guard's been known to play through injury before, so, in case the injury is debilitating, I wouldn't be surprised if he hobbles onto the court for Game 4. After all, he promised to get Duncan another championship after the Spurs were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder last postseason.

The Spurs lead the series, 2-1, over the Heat. Game 4 tips off at 9 p.m. ET in San Antonio on Thursday.