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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Updated: November 2, 2:20 AM ET
Parker: ankle is 'sore,' hopes to play in Spurs' opener

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Tony Parker said Wednesday he hopes to play in the season opener at Dallas on Thursday after spraining his right ankle.

Tony Parker

"It's pretty sore, pretty sore," Parker said. "But I think I'll be all right. I'll see how I feel tomorrow."

Parker injured his ankle during practice Monday, but X-rays showed it wasn't broken.

Parker, who said he practiced "a little bit" Wednesday, said he'll have to persuade coach Gregg Popovich to let him play against the Mavericks.

"If it feels good, I'll go. And if I feel a little bit of pain I'm not going to take any risks," Parker said.

Parker averaged 18.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game last season.

In San Antonio's final preseason game Friday against Dallas, Parker scored 20 points in the Spurs' 100-79 victory.

The Spurs will face LeBron James and Cleveland in the home opener Friday night.