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Tony Parker will play Game 4: 'I feel ready to go'

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The Spurs are prepared if Parker can't play in Game 4.   (USATSI)
Tony Parker will play Game 4. (USATSI)

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs point guard Tony Parker participated in the Spurs' shootaround Thursday morning and says he's "ready to go" for Game 4 against the Miami Heat.

"I feel ready to go," Parker said three different times.

An MRI revealed that Parker had a Grade 1 hamstring strain after tweaking it in the second half of Game 3. Parker sat out practice on Wednesday and was uncertain if he'd be available for Game 4.

But after another day of rest and recovery, Parker will play.

"He'll play," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Tony's ready to go."

The question now becomes whether Parker will have any limitations. The only message the Spurs would go with is that Parker is "ready to go" when asked anything about the details of the injury, how he feels, if he's in pain, and all of that.

If Parker is limited, the duty will likely fall to Cory Joseph, along with Gary Neal and Manu Ginobili.

"You've got to be ready whenever you're called upon," Joseph said Wednesday. "My time in Austin helped me greatly. The time I spent there, the games, the coaching staff, getting accustomed to the system there, helped a lot."

Judging by the Spurs' information, though, Parker is "ready to go." Which one can only assume means he'll be full strength and not limited in any way. Because with a potentially pivotal Game 4 waiting on them and a ticked off Heat team lurking, the Spurs can't afford to be short-handed in any way.

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