Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Spurs say little on Parker's ankle

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Spurs say Tony Parker's status is unclear heading into the NBA Finals.

But the All-Star point guard, who did not play in the second half or overtime of Saturday's clinching game of the West final because of a sore left ankle, should be ready for Thursday's Game 1 against the Heat, Yahoo Sports reported.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he doesn't know what shape Parker will be in.

"I don't know what the deal is," he said.

Popovich said Parker sprained the ankle in Game 4 and aggravated it in Game 5. He considered starting Manu Ginobili at point guard in Game 6 against the Thunder after Parker had trouble in pregame warmups.

"He came to me (at halftime) and said he couldn't go," Popovich said. "He couldn't cut. He was limping on it. He couldn't cut sideways or forward really."

Popovich said he believed playing Parker in the second half would hurt the team in the long term.

"I didn't want him to be a hero because he was 50 percent or less," he said. "That's probably bad for the team. It was a tough decision to try to figure out whether to play him. And if you lose the game and it affects him for (Game 7), then you're going to feel like you made an unwise choice."

Parker has been plagued by injuries this season.

He averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field during the regular season, but he missed 22 games.

He strained his left hamstring in Game 5 of the West semifinals against the Trail Blazers but missed no time when the Spurs clinched the series that night.

Knicks: President Phil Jackson will soon speak to Derek Fisher about the coaching vacancy, New York's Newsday reported. The guard's season with the Thunder ended Saturday, and the newspaper reported Fisher, 37, is leaning toward retiring.

Timberwolves: President Flip Saunders said he doesn't expect to trade forward Kevin Love this summer. Love, a three-time All-Star, can opt out of his contract after next season and has indicated he will do so. "I know there's a feeding frenzy out there from a lot of teams," Saunders said. "Unfortunately, they have no say. I plan on Kevin being here."

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