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  • Parker has Grade 1 hamstring strain

  • Breathe easy, San Antonio. It looks as if Tony Parker is going to be just fine.
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  • Breathe easy, San Antonio. It looks as if Tony Parker is going to be just fine.
    Parker has a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, the least severe level of the injury and he is listed as day-to-day, the Spurs announced Thursday.
    The team had the day off after eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night, but Parker came in to get an MRI exam of the injury that caused him to miss the entire second half of the clincher.
    Just as the Spurs appeared to be finding their playoff legs and asserting themselves as the team to beat in the powerful Western Conference, Parker's gave out. He felt his left hamstring tighten early in the second quarter, went to the locker room to get it examined and only played briefly before calling it a night.
    The soon-to-be 32-year-old Parker missed 14 games with various injuries during the regular season, but the Spurs went 11-3 in those games and still managed to post the best record in the NBA. Still, the prospects of losing Parker — the inexhaustible throttle on the Spurs' relentless engine — was enough to make a team hell bent on returning to the NBA Finals a little nervous after their 104-82 victory over Portland sent them back to the Western Conference finals.
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