MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tony Parker had an MRI done this week on his sore calf as a precautionary measure. In the second half of the Spurs' Game 2 victory on Tuesday in San Antonio, he seemed slowed and exhausted, going 2-8 with no assists in the fourth quarter during Memphis' comeback. But on Thursday, Parker told reporters that the MRI confirmed the minor-soreness diagnosis from trainers earlier and that the bruise was going away as well.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had an expectedly briefer summation.
"He's fine," Popovich said at practice. "It's the playoffs."
The Spurs need Parker as he has been the best player in the series for either team and the biggest reason for the Spurs' dominance. Their three-point barrage is nearly entirely attributable to Parker's drive-and-kick excellence. The question will be if the Grizzlies make any adjustments to try to slow Parker. Because it looks like the calf won't be.