San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

Tony Parker cleared to play for Spurs in Game 1 vs. Thunder


Tony Parker suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Spurs’ series-clinching win over the Blazers, and didn’t play the rest of the game.

The injury wasn’t believed to be serious at the time. although an MRI did reveal a grade 1 strain.

Fortunately for San Antonio, he isn’t going to miss any more time, and after practicing with the team on Sunday, was cleared to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Monday.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

Parker took three days off to rehab before returning for the second of two weekend practices on Sunday. He had little to say about his actual condition, responding mainly with one-word answers. The lone exception:

“I know what I have to do (to manage the injury),” said Parker, who missed 14 games during the regular season with a variety of setbacks and forced rest. “It’s part of basketball. Everybody goes through injuries. I’m used to it.”

While the Spurs will begin the series at full strength, Oklahoma City will be without its best interior defender and safety-valve mid-range shooter in Serge Ibaka, who is expected to miss the remainder of the postseason after suffering an extremely unlucky calf injury.

Parker is averaging a team-best 19.3 points and 4.9 assists per game in the playoffs for San Antonio this season.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.