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Spurs injured Tony Parker doesn't regret playing in Game 4

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker falls into his

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker falls into his bench including head coach Gregg Popovich against the Miami Heat during the first half at Game 4 of the NBA Finals. (June 13, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker doesn't regret playing in Game 4, even though he was a non-factor in the second half because he didn't have much strength left in his right hamstring.

The Grade 1 hamstring strain the Spurs point guard was playing through wouldn't completely allow him to be his normal self, but he wasn't about to suggest it was a mistake to fight through it and play in San Antonio's 109-93 loss.

"No," Parker said Saturday. "No, because the doctors say it will not change anything if I rest two more days. My hamstring can tear any time now. So if it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days. But now it's the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it's life."

He practiced Saturday and will play tonight in Game 5 against the Heat

Parker finished with 15 points, but didn't score a point in the second half, misfiring on his four attempts. He said there's some improvement in his hamstring. Just how much, though, is anyone's guess.

"It feels good," Parker said. "It feels good. I feel like I'm getting stronger with it. My goal is to be close to 100 percent by tomorrow. I felt confident, being disciplined with all the treatments, with the ice right now. Hopefully, I'll be good by tomorrow."

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