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Tony Parker is enjoying his first summer without basketball in four years, saying, "I felt like this was a summer I can give back to the Spurs."

Parker opted to skip the FIBA World Cup in order to rest, following a season in which his statistics dipped across the board and he missed six games due to general soreness. "I have to be smart. I think it's the right decision for me, for the Spurs if I want to play a long career," Parker said. "I want to play two more summers [with France] and then I'll be done."

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Tony Parker is hopeful that Pau Gasol with sign with the Spurs.

The Spurs are reportedly on the outskirts of the teams who are likely to land Gasol, but that hasn't stopped Parker from hoping his friend will join the NBA champs. "I'd love to play with Pau Gasol. If he doesn't choose us, we will go dinner and take a good wine as we always do," Parker said. Gasol would make an interesting addition to the defending champions and would have a good chance to maintain his fantasy value playing alongside Tim Duncan.

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Tony Parker will not play for France during this summer's World Cup in Spain.

Parker is a reigning NBA champion and the 2013 European Player of the Year, but the 31-year-old will use the summer for rest and rejuvenation after a long year of basketball. This is terrific news for the Spurs, and for fantasy owners, as Parker's fatigue led to a relatively quiet 2013-14 season during which he picked up 14 DNPs and tied his career-low with 29.4 minutes per game.

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Tony Parker missed his first eight shots on Sunday but he finished with 16 points to help the Spurs cruise to a Game 5 victory, earning Parker his fourth NBA championship.

LeBron James guarded Parker for much of the first half, sagging off him and daring him to shoot from the perimeter, and the Heat generally dove under screens involving the Spurs' speedy point guard. The defensive scheme worked initially, but in the end it didn't matter -- San Antonio's ball movement and stalwart defense led to a convincing 104-87 victory in front of a raucous home crowd.

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Tony Parker played 35 minutes in Thursday's 107-86 win to give the Spurs a 3-1 series lead over the Heat, scoring 19 points with two assists and four turnovers.

It's all just too easy. The Spurs shot 23-of-31 in the paint and 9-of-21 from beyond the arc. They have cut the fat on their bad shots and have kept their mid-range jumpers to a minimum. They became the first team since the Lakers in 2001 to have a lead of 20 points during consecutive NBA Finals games, and they did this all on the road. After putting up an astonishing 128.9 offensive efficiency rating in Game 3, they came up with a 127.6 tonight. It's not even fair anymore and the Spurs will look to get their fifth title on Sunday.

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Tony Parker (sprained ankle) scored 21 points and handed out seven assists during San Antonio's home loss on Sunday, but he took an elbow to the ribs during the fourth quarter.

Mario Chalmers was called for a Flagrant-1 foul on the play for intentionally winding up and elbowing Parker during a drive to the basket. The Spurs' All-NBA point guard missed the two subsequent free throws, but he sank a crucial 3-pointer late in the quarter and didn't seem overly bothered by the injury. We'll keep an eye on him in case his ankle or ribs give him any trouble prior to Tuesday's Game 3 in Miami.

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Tony Parker said his left ankle feels great and it loosened up in the second half of Game 1 on Thursday.

The time off obviously worked in Parker's favor and Game 2 coming on Sunday should also help. Parker carved up the Miami point guards and facilitated the Spurs offense in his 37 minutes during Game 1's win -- his second-highest total in the postseason. If the Spurs offense is as good as it was on Thursday and they keep their turnovers down, they're going to be extremely tough to beat.

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Tony Parker's ankle injury did not seem to bother him at all in Game 1's win over the Heat, scoring 19 points with eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

When a team turns the ball over 23 times and still hangs 110 points, their offense had to be clicking. It certainly was with a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 68.4. The Heat did a decent job on the forcing turnovers on entry passes into the paint -- a Spurs' bread-and-butter play -- but they didn't close on on 3-point shooters whatsoever. Parker was successful on his floaters and his ankle injury clearly didn't bother him.

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Tony Parker (ankle) was able to participate in full-court drills during Wednesday's practice, and he and coach Gregg Popovich said he'll be "fine" for Game 1 on Thursday.

Parker has received treatment in lieu of practicing for the past few days, but he was cutting without difficulty and will be ready to go for Game 1. His ankle may not be 100 percent healthy, but it would take an unexpected setback to keep the Spurs' All-NBA guard off the court.

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Tony Parker (ankle) told a French radio station that he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Parker's ankle has been an issue for a couple weeks now, but it sounds as if the 32-year-old will be available to take on the Heat Thursday night. "I twisted my ankle in Game 4 of the first round against Dallas. I continued to play with the pain and I again twisted the ankle in Game 4 of the conference finals against Oklahoma City," Parke said. "I gritted my teeth; I did not mean to abandon my teammates. But the pain was too strong in the sixth game. I could not really play anymore. Today, I spend my days in treatment. But the good news is that I will play the first game of the Finals on Thursday against the Heat. I may not be 100% but I'll be there." This is great news for the Spurs as they'll need their floor general if they have any chance of stopping the Heat from winning their third straight NBA title.