Parker hopes extra day off will make him '100 percent'

Parker hopes extra day off will make him '100 percent'
June 14, 2013, 9:45 am
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SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs won't take to the floor again until Sunday night, an extended break in between games that should benefit Tony Parker more than any other player.

Parker, who suffered a Grade 1 strained hamstring injury in Game 3 on Tuesday night, was at less than full strength in Thursday's 109-93 Game 4 loss to the Miami Heat.

He had 15 points and nine assists, but was scoreless after halftime when the score was tied at 49.

Parker acknowledged being a bit tentative to start the game in addition to being more tired than usual.

"The first three, four minutes I was testing it," Parker said. "And the second half I think I got fatigued a little bit. But overall I'm just happy I didn't make it worse. That was the goal, to not try to get hurt."

According to Parker, that was a major concern for Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

"Pop was not really happy," Parker said. "Meaning I wanted to play and took a little risk. So I'm happy I'm not worse."

Parker can be happy he didn't further injure himself, but he can't be happy about Game 4's outcome. The Spurs no longer have home court advantage in this series.

Between now and Sunday, there's plenty of work to be done.

Figuring out how to get Miami's Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh under control will be key.

Doing a better job of getting San Antonio shooters like Danny Green and Gary Neal better, more consistent looks at the basket is also on the agenda.

You can add finding ways to get Manu Ginobili going offensively to the to-do list as well.

But at or near the top of that list will be using that extra time to make sure Parker is as healthy as possible.

"It's going to be huge for me," Parker said. "Obviously definitely got fatigued in the second half. Those two days I'm going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. Tonight I was not 100 percent."

Parker added, "By (Game 5) that's my goal, to be good to go."