Spurs' Tony Parker left Game 5 due to hamstring tightness

May 14, 11:03 PM

Although they couldn't capitalize, the Portland Trail Blazers were tossed a lifeline when Tony Parker's hamstring tightness forced him to exit Game 5.

Parker left the contest midway throughout the second quarter without registering a single point.

Of course, it shouldn't come as any surprise that the Spurs held on for the win.

May 18, 1:34 PM

Spurs' Tony Parker practices Sunday, will play in Game 1

May 18, 1:34 PM

Some good news for the Spurs in advance of the opening game of the Western Conference Finals.

Parker's status was never really in doubt, but it will surely come as a relief to Spurs fans to get confirmation the point guard will be on the court in Game 1.

Parker is averaging 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in the postseason. The Spurs have been off since Wednesday, May 14.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Soobum Im

May 17, 5:31 PM

Tony Parker misses practice due to hamstring strain

May 17, 5:31 PM

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker sat out Saturday's practice, as per a tweet from Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News

The news isn't a surprise, as Parker suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain in Game 5 against the Trail Blazers. All reports indicate that he should be fine for the Western Conference Finals, and in all likelihood, the rest-conscious Spurs are holding him out for precautionary purposes.

Parker is averaging 19.3 points, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds through 12 playoff games. The Western Conference finals between the Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder is slated to tip-off on Sunday.

May 15, 3:28 PM

Report: Grade 1 hamstring strain for Tony Parker, should be fine for Game 1

May 15, 3:28 PM

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker told Spurs Nation that an MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of his injured left hamstring, and that he expects to be ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

"It’s OK; not too bad,’ Parker said. “Not as bad as the NBA Finals. NBA Finals was a Grade 2. This one is Grade 1. So should be fine for Monday."

Parker averaged 23.5 points per game through the first four games of the team's playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers before playing only 10 minutes of Game 5, leaving the game for good in the second quarter.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals will be played on Monday if the Oklahoma City Thunder were to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. If the Clippers were to win that game, it would force a Game 7 on Sunday, and the Western Conference Finals would begin on Wednesday.

May 15, 8:09 AM

Spurs' Tim Duncan on Tony Parker injury: 'It worries us'

May 15, 8:09 AM

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in a 104-82 rout on Wednesday night to clinch the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals, but the night was bittersweet as star point guard Tony Parker left during the second quarter with tightness in his left hamstring and did not return.

Head coach Gregg Popovich didn't provide an update on the injury after the game, but power forward Tim Duncan did note that it is an area of concern for the team moving forward. This from Duncan via ESPN:

Luckily, we have a couple of days. It worries us obviously, but he's been going hard, had a great series thus far and it just kind of caught up to him. They pulled the plug on him before he hurt himself. He started to feel a little weird and I think they did the right thing, pulled the plug on him, so hopefully that helps him. Hopefully, there's nothing there.

Parker failed to record a point in 10 minutes in Game 5, but entered the night averaging team-highs with 21.0 points and 5.4 assists in the postseason.

During the regular season, the Spurs went 11-3 in games Parker missed.

May 14, 10:43 PM

Tony Parker leaves Game 5 with 'tightness in his left hamstring,' return uncertain

May 14, 10:43 PM

The San Antonio Spurs may or may not have to play the remainder of Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers without their best performer from the series.

Parker, who played through a left ankle sprain in the first round of the playoffs, had yet to score upon exiting the contest midway through the second quarter.