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Report: Spurs Guard Tony Parker Should Be Ready For Game 1

Tony Parker is currently hopeful to play in game one of the NBA Finals after battling a sprained ankle in his previous game

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    Tony Parker is hopeful to start game one of the NBA Finals

    Tony Parker should be ready to play in game one of the NBA Finals for the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat, per a report from Yahoo! Sports.

    Parker missed the second half of the Spurs' series-clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. That game against the Oklahoma City Thunder went to overtime without the guard available due to a sprained ankle.

    With the NBA Finals not set to begin until June 5th, Parker has extra time to rest the ankle which makes him more of a possibility to play. If the Thunder had forced a game seven, he may not have been able to go for the Spurs.

    Parker has been a valuable part of the Spurs' rotation since the 2001-02 season and a member of their 2003, 2005, and 2007 NBA Championships.

    If Parker ends up unable to make the start, the Spurs would likely turn to Cory Joseph a the beginning of the game. Manu Ginobili would also see time as the two combined to take over for Parker in the second half of the previous game.

    The Heat would surely not be upset to see Parker out of action. In last year's NBA Finals, he played a big role in putting the Spurs up 3-2 at one point. Ultimately, Parker would not play as well in the final two games however. The veteran was a combined 9-35 in those two games that were won by Miami en route to its second straight title.

    The Heat and Spurs will begin the NBA Finals on June 5th at 9:00 p.m.