On eve of OKC showdown, Spurs get healthy dose of good news
MAY 18, 2014 11:34p ET
That giant gust of wind you felt Sunday wasn't Mother Nature. It was the residents of San Antonio and citizens of Spurs Nation breathing a giant sigh of relief.
With Game 1 of the Western Conference final against Oklahoma City tipping off on Monday, the always-dependable Spurs face one giant question mark. The health of Tony Parker, who played only 10 minutes in the Spurs' series clincher over Portland last Wednesday because of a Grade 1 strained hamstring.
Then this happened Sunday.
This comes on the heels of last week's interview with the San Antonio Express-News, where Parker said, "It's OK; not too bad. Not as bad as the NBA Finals. NBA Finals was a Grade 2. This one is Grade 1. So should be fine for Monday."
When compared to the Thunder's health — power forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury — it looks like the Spurs' advantage spans beyond just home court.