NBA News: Tony Parker WILL Play in Game 1

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A lot of fans, journalists, and analysts alike have commentated that a big deciding factor on who takes the series depends heavily on the health of Tony Parker.

Here is the exact quote via RMC Sport:

“I twisted my ankle in Game 4 of the first round against Dallas. I continued to play with the pain and I again twisted the ankle in Game 4 of the conference finals against Oklahoma City. I gritted my teeth; I did not mean to abandon my teammates. But the pain was too strong in the sixth game. I could not really play anymore.

“Today, I spend my days in treatment. But the good news is that I will play the first game of the Finals on Thursday against the Heat. I may not be 100% but I’ll be there. In 13 years, I played seven conference finals and I have the chance to play my fifth Finals with Spurs. This is really great. I continue my dream, this is really something great.”

Vegas opens the books with the San Antonio Spurs as slight favorites for the series, coming in as -150 favorites, while the Miami Heat are +120 dogs. Even a recent Sports Nation poll shows that 49 out of the 50 states will be rooting for the Spurs come Thursday.

Miami Heat News: Tony Parker WILL Play in Game 1

Looks like it’ll be us against the world again come game time. But in the wise words of LeBron James, “[We’re] blessed. So whatever people say about [us] off the court, it don’t matter. [We] ain’t got no worries.”

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