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Spurs' Parker will play in Game 1

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Parker is good to go.
Parker is good to go. (USATSI)

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Tony Parker practiced with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and will play in Monday's series-opening game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters.

Parker had been listed as day-to-day with a Grade 1 hamstring sprain suffered in San Antonio's Game 5 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but the San Antonio Express-News reported that Parker could have played in the next game if Portland had avoided elimination.

The point guard is averaging 19.3 points and 4.9 assists per game in the playoffs. He's had a few days to rest, and it's worth monitoring if the injury has any ill effects when the conference finals get started.

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