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Sources: Tony Parker hopeful to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Spurs' Parker misses second half with ankle pain

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs walks across the court in the first half of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Despite a sprained ankle, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is hopeful to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Parker "should be ready" to play in Game 1, two sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports.

Parker will work to rehabilitate the sprain over the next several days of preparation for the Finals rematch with the Miami Heat.

Parker had been bothered by the ankle since Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and tried to play on it in Game 6 before missing the second half of the clinching victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Parker has averaged 17.8 points and five assists in the playoffs.

Without Parker, the Spurs managed to cobble together a second half and overtime with Cory Joseph and Manu Ginobili playing point guard and still beat the Thunder.

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