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Spurs' Parker diagnosed with strained hamstring

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker announced Wednesday in French on Facebook that he has a strained hamstring but hopes to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

The results of an MRI showed no tear or other significant injury. Parker left Monday night's Game 3 against the Miami Heat, saying the hamstring felt weird.

"I just had MRI. Result: I suffer from a slight strain to the hamstring. We'll see tomorrow how I feel, I really hope to play!" Parker said on Facebook.

Parker, 31, left the game in the third quarter for a doctor's examination in the locker room and then returned to play for several minutes. But with the outcome firmly under control, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich kept Parker on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.

The Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 113-77 victory at home. Parker finished with six points and eight assists in 27 minutes.

Injuries limited Parker to 66 games during the regular season, but he still averatged 20.3 points and 7.6 assists. The 11-year veteran is averaging 21.3 points and 7.1 assists in 17 playoff games this year.

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