San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Parker, who was injured in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, missed part of the second half and all of overtime in the Spurs' Game 6 overtime, series-clinching victory with a sprained ankle.
Parker told a French radio station that he would be ready for Thursday's opener in San Antonio in a Finals rematch with the Miami Heat.
“I twisted my ankle in Game 4 of the first round against Dallas. I continued to play with the pain and I again twisted the ankle in Game 4 of the conference finals against Oklahoma City. I gritted my teeth,” Parker said. “I did not mean to abandon my teammates. But the pain was too strong in the sixth game. I could not really play anymore.
"Today, I spend my days in treatment. But the good news is that I will play the first game of the Finals on Thursday against the Heat. I may not be 100 percent but I'll be there. In 13 years, I played seven conference finals and I have the chance to play my fifth Finals with Spurs. This is really great. I continue my dream, this is really something great."
Parker was bothered in the 2013 playoffs by a calf injury that became chronic following a fast-paced series with the Golden State WarriorsCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun