Parker aggravated sprained ankle in Game 6 against the Thunder.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has revealed that he has “no idea” whether or not point guard Tony Parker will be fit for Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2014.
Parker missed the entire second half and overtime of the series-clinching win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, and it has been revealed that he sprained his ankle in Game 5 before aggravating the problem.
Popovich revealed that he had considered the option of starting Manu Ginobili instead, but gave Parker the opportunity to test it out before removing him from the game to avoid any further damage.
“I have no idea,” Popovich said Saturday night. “I don’t know what the deal is.”
“He came to me about eight minutes on the clock (before the second half) and said he couldn’t go. He couldn’t cut. He was limping on it. He couldn’t cut sideways or forward really.”
Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field during the regular season, but he was forced to miss 22 games through various injuries and it appears as though those issues are returning at the wrong time.
While the Spurs have proven themselves capable of winning without their big stars, they will undoubtedly hope to have the Frenchman available when they face the Miami Heat.
The pair set up an immediate rematch after the Spurs suffered a heartbreaking loss last year, and forward Tim Duncan insists that they haven’t forgotten about it and are determined to put things right this time round.
Parker was particularly effective in that series and he will be a significant boost if he is passed fit to play with the Spurs looking to deny the Heat a third straight championship.