Tony Parker delivered the news in French on Facebook today: an MRI of his injured hamstring showed “a slight elongation, no tear or defect.”
The Spurs later elaborated, saying Parker’s injury was a Grade 1 strain. He’s listed as day-to-day, which means it’s unclear whether Parker will be able to play in Game 4 of the NBA finals Thursday night. “We’ll see tomorrow how I feel,” Parker, who was hurt early in the second half of Tuesday’s blowout victory over the Miami Heat, tweeted. “I really hope to play!!!”
“I felt something in my hamstring,” Parker said after the game. “Hopefully it’s nothing big, just cramping or got tight on me. It was a weird feeling. I just went to make sure with the doctor I was okay. Then I played like two minutes in the fourth quarter. We were up big, [Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich] didn’t want to take any risks.”
Parker has been stellar for the Spurs in the finals, but had only six points and eight assists in 27 minutes in Game 3. No team wants to adjust to the absence of a player of Parker’s caliber, but the Spurs are 11-5 without him.