On eve of OKC showdown, Spurs get healthy dose of good news

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.