Alex Hampl
Thursday May 15th, 2014

parker If Tony Parker's hamstring is an issue, the Spurs could be in trouble in the Western Conference final. (Steve Dykes/Getty)

To advance to the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs will need All-Star point guard Tony Parker  playing at full speed. Whether he will able to is now in question, after the Spurs announced Thursday that an MRI revealed Parker has a grade one strain in his left hamstring, and that he is day-to-day.

Parker left Game Five of the team's playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night in the second quarter with the injury. The Spurs cruised without him, winning 104-82 to win the series 4-1. To advance past the Western Conference final, though, San Antonio needs Parker to be healthy. He will have a difficult matchup one way or another, either against Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook or Clippers All-Star Chris Paul.

MAHONEY: Kerr spurns Knicks, accepts Warriors job In the playoffs, Parker is averaging 19.3 points and 4.9 assists per game on 48.5 percent shooting.

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