Tony Parker pushed his tender right hamstring as much as he possibly could in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and it will be hard to find a player in this series that needs the two days of rest before Game 5 more.
Parker had 15 points and nine assists in San Antonio’s 109-93 loss to the Miami Heat that evened the series at 2-2. But he was held scoreless in the second half as the Heat pulled away.
Now he gets two full days of rest and treatment before the teams play again Sunday.
“It’s going to be huge for me,” Parker said after the game. “Obviously, definitely got fatigued in the second half. Those two days I’m going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. Tonight I was not 100 percent. By Sunday, that’s my goal, to be good to go.”
Parker said that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was hesitant to let him play after his star point guard tested it out in the morning shootaround and deemed himself ready to play.
But Parker convinced his coach to let him start, and his strong play early sparked the Spurs before Miami took over.
“Pop was not really happy, meaning I wanted to play and took a little risk,” Parker said. “So I’m happy I’m not worse.”
Miami’s win over the Spurs on Thursday on ABC averaged 16.2 million viewers. That’s down from 17.4 million for the Heat-Thunder series a year ago, but it’s up from the 16.1 million for Game 4 between Miami and Dallas in 2011. ... Heat star Chris Bosh was fined $5,000 for flopping Thursday. ... Danilo Gallinari’s knee surgery wasn’t as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Nuggets sooner than expected. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. The Nuggets did not reveal a new timetable for his return.