San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will play in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers despite tweaking his ankle on Sunday night in the Game 1 loss.
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Parker tweaked his ankle in the first quarter of the 107-92 defeat and also bruised his thigh on the same leg which raised concerns over whether or not he would be good to go on Wednesday.
However, coach Gregg Popovich has dismissed concerns and insisted that he will be ready to play in Game 2 as the Spurs look to tie the series ahead of returning home for Game 3.
“He tweaked his ankle. He retaped it, and he’s fine,” Popovich told reporters after the game.
“He’ll be ready to play on Wednesday, but he did tweak it.”
The French star briefly left the game to be attended to and headed back to the locker room in order to get his ankle re-taped. While he finished the game with 10 points in more than 28 minutes with one assist and two rebounds, San Antonio will need more from him if they are to advance.
Parker himself conceded that both his ankle and thigh would be sore on Tuesday, but with the team not practising given the quick turnaround between games, he will have additional time to rest it and come back ready for his next outing.
It will be a significant game in the series as the Clippers looked dominant in the first encounter as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin took over and sealed a comfortable victory.
However, it is never a good idea to rule the Spurs out as Popovich will likely make his adjustments and come back firing with his team looking to make a statement and put the pressure on the hosts.