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Tony Parker to feature in game one of NBA Finals

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There was good news coming from San Antonio on Tuesday night as Gregg Popovich made it clear that Tony Parker will be able to play in game one of the NBA finals on Thursday against Miami Heat, according to ESPN.

Parker suffered his ankle injury in Spurs' victory against Portland Trail Blazers in the second round, but on Saturday the injury hit home against Oklahoma City Thunder in game six, forcing the Frenchman to make a tough decision to leave the court.

The point guard featured for nine minutes in the first and second quarter before being forced to sit out for the rest of San Antonio's overtime victory, as the visitors won the encounter in 112-107; winning the series 4-2.

But on Tuesday San Antonio's head coach Gregg Popovich made it understandable to ESPN that Tony Parker will possibly feature in game one against Heat leaving a short and sweet quote for Spurs' fans to remain calm.

"He's getting better every day, and I expect him to play.''

Parker has had another outstanding season for the Spurs as the 32-year-old has scored on average 16.7 points this season and 5.7 assists per game, and in his last eight games Parker has averaged 23.3 minutes a game scoring 12.3 points.

However in response to the comments made by head coach Popovich, Parker stated to ESPN that he'll decide whether he is fit enough to play on Thursday, as the former Paris Basket Racing guard never took part in Tuesday's training session.

"I always try to be honest with Pop, he knows, but if I'm 50 percent I'll try to play. If I'm under 50 percent, we can argue.''

Against Miami Heat this season Parker has featured twice and recorded on average 14 points per game, and like his fellow teammates will want redemption for the defeat last season against Heat, losing in the finals 4-3, as the Spurs go into this years' contest as favourites.

Last season Parker managed to play all seven games in the finals against Heat recording 15.7 points and 6.4 assists per game, as in the finals the point guard was San Antonio's top scorer in games one and five, but in 2013 Parker's points against Heat were the lowest points averaged by the 32-year-old throughout the play-offs.

The Frenchman will be looking to record his fourth NBA title of his career as the six-time NBA All-star started playing his basketball in France before moving to San Antonio in 2001, and since then the point guard has become a key player for Gregg Popovich's men; playing over 940 games and scoring over 16,000 points.

But come Thursday at the AT&T Centre this will have no meaning to the 32-year-old as history is on the cards for Parker and the Spurs, and if they can see off Heat and ruin their chances of completing a three-peat they'll be able to say that their long awaited chance of payback has been complete.

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