Spurs' Parker (hamstring) to have MRI Wednesday

Spurs' Parker (hamstring) to have MRI Wednesday
June 12, 2013, 1:15 am
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SAN ANTONIO — Blowing out the Miami Heat in Game 3 gave the San Antonio Spurs a much-needed edge in the NBA Finals.

But it may have come at the cost of point guard Tony Parker who suffered a hamstring injury which limited him in the fourth quarter of San Antonio's 113-77 Game 3 win.

Parker, who had six points and eight assists in just under 28 minutes, said he will have an MRI performed on Wednesday.

"I felt something, my hamstring ... I have no idea," Parker said. "We'll do an MRI and hopefully it's nothing big and it's just a little cramping, got tight on me.

Parker added, "It got tight on me ... it was just a weird feeling."

The injury happened near the end of the third quarter, as the Spurs took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Parker started the fourth, but was taken out with 10:33 to play with San Antonio ahead by 23 points.
 
Not surprisingly, Parker is trying to stay as positive and upbeat about the situation as possible.

But his health is indeed a major concern for San Antonio going forward.

An MVP candidate the past couple of seasons, Parker's playmaking skills and ability to put pressure on the Heat's defense is unmatched by any of his teammates.

Even if he is able to play in Thursday's Game 4 matchup, which is very much up in the air, there is a possibility that he won't be able to play at a level that he's accustomed to.

And in this series, against a team as good as the Miami Heat are, that could prove disastrous to the Spurs' hopes of winning.

"We need Tony on the floor," said Spurs guard/forward Kawhi Leonard. "He helps us out making shots and just getting us involved and bringing energy to the game."