Tony Parker will play Game 4, Mike Miller may start for Heat

Finals Game 4 Update: Tony Parker will play, Mike Miller to start for Miami?

6/13/13 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Tony Parker will play Game 4, Mike Miller may start for HeatThat Grade 1 strain on Tony Parker's right hamstring will not keep him out of tonight's NBA Finals Game 4, and Parker said "I'll be ready to go" several times in interviews Thursday morning. More Finals intrigue on the other side of the court, as the Miami Heat are reportedly toying with the starting line-up, and set to insert... Mike Miller at starting forward?

Miller has not started in Miami's line-up since the first round of the playoffs, and he's been healthy the entire time. Tony Parker, meanwhile, is not particularly healthy at the moment -- though of course neither he nor San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will say whether Parker will start.

But Tony Parker will play in Game 4, according to Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News. "Tony Parker took three questions at shootaround on Thursday morning," McCarney reports. "He gave the same answer each time: 'I’ll be ready to go'.”

How ready? ESPN chief medical correspondent Dr. Michael Kaplan discussed Parker's hamstring condition. "It's not too serious, fortunately, it's what we call a Grade 1 strain," Dr. Kaplan advised. "It's the most modest kind of tear that you can have."

"Obviously, [it] interferes with the ability to push off, and it's limiting," Dr. Kaplan said. "It's going to be a nuisance at the minimum."

Blog Photo - Tony Parker will play Game 4, Mike Miller may start for HeatMeanwhile, a shockeroo of a change in the desperate Miami Heat camp. "Looking to jump-start a sluggish offense, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is considering changing his starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals and inserting the hot-shooting Mike Miller," ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports.

Miller has started only 17 games in the regular season and one in the playoffs. But he has been a scorching 10-for-11 on his three-point attempts.

Tony Parker, meanwhile, is not the only little guy retuning to San Antonio's line-up. Eleven-year-old singer Sebastien De La Cruz, a.k.a. "Little Mariachi" will sing the National Anthem again prior to tonight's Game 4.
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