Tony Parker said results of the MRI exam he underwent on Thursday morning revealed only a Grade 1 strain of the left hamstring. Parker declared he will be ready to play in Game 1 on Monday.
There's no way a Grade 1 hamstring strain is going to sideline Parker. He may need a bit of extra rest depending on the physicality of the game, but he'll be out there for at least close to his usual minutes.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender