Much worry and hand-wringing has been plaguing San Antonio Spurs fans ever since Spurs guard Tony Parker left Game Six of the Western Conference Finals with a “sore left ankle.” As expected, the Spurs front office has been rather vague on the injury status of their starting point guard for Game One of the 2014 NBA Finals.
Dr. Jason Garrett of Airrosti Rehab Center, who works directly with Parker, joined the Mike Taylor Show Wednesday morning to discuss the situation with Tony’s ankle. Dr. Garrett stated that Tony aggravated his left ankle which he lighlty sprained in Game Four against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was later discovered that Parker also had a bone bruise.
“[Parker]’s got a bone bruise which means it causes a great deal of pain. He was actually going to play – wanted to play in the second half of that game but it wasn’t his choice. He was forced to sit out and they wanted him to get an MRI the next day to make sure there wasn’t a fracture or anything in there. He slightly rolled his ankle in game four and reproduced a sprain. It also caused a bone bruise, which causes a lot of pain, but the good news is that you can play through that, take medication, get an injection, and be pretty much 100%. It’s just a matter of pain tolerance. This is not going to hold him back, it’s not going to be a big issue other than his ability to play through pain which he has done many, many times before.”
When asked what “percentage” Tony would be at for Game One, Dr. Garrett threw out “95%.” Obviously, the number is a rough estimate of Parker’s health but this is welcomed news for Spurs fans. Game One tips off Thursday evening at 8:00 PM CST.