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    导出博客文章SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Tony Parker said Saturday the strained right hamstring that wore him down this week could tear "any time now" heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Gorgui Dieng Jersey . But hes giving no thought to letting the injury properly heal. "If it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days," Parker said. "But now its the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, its life." It would also deal a major blow to the Spurs chances of winning this title. Yet despite the blunt assessment of his hamstring, the All-Star told reporters he is getting stronger on the eve of San Antonios final home game Sunday night. Parker said he is confident, staying disciplined with treatment and still aspires to be "close to 100 per cent" by tipoff. Thats exactly how the 31-year-old point guard looked to start Game 4 on Thursday night, two days after straining the hamstring in a blowout win. But Parker faded badly after a sizzling start, going scoreless in the second half while the Heat pulled away and tied the series 2-all, reclaiming home-court advantage. Parker acknowledged feeling fatigued as Game 4 dragged on. His scoring average in the Finals has dipped to 13.8 points after arguably the best season of his 12-year career. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich downplayed the severity of Parkers injury and the struggles of another of his Big Three, guard Manu Ginobili, who is shooting a career-worst 38 per cent in the playoffs but whose need to pick up the slack heightens when Parker is ailing. "Theyre fine," Popovich said Saturday. Popovichs concern instead: turnovers. Especially now that the Spurs are faced with needing another win in Miami -- and maybe two -- in order to claim a fifth championship. They stole Game 1 in South Beach behind an exceptionally careful and disciplined game by NBA standards -- playoffs or regular season -- tying a Finals record with just four turnovers. But since then, the Spurs have 49 turnovers, including 36 in two losses. Sloppy play is one culprit. But so is the sheer athleticism and talent of the Heat, which has scored 42 points off turnovers in its two victories. Making matters worse for the Spurs in Game 4 was the resurgence of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who combined to score 85 of Miamis 109 points on Thursday night. San Antonio has survived careless ball protection this season, going 25-13 when committing 16 or more turnovers. But against Miamis Big Three, the margin for error shrinks. "You got to be close to perfect to beat them," Ginobili said Saturday. "And we were pretty far from that (in Game 4). If theyre having an OK game, we can make a few mistakes here and there and we can mask it. But when theyre playing like we just cant make mistakes." Popovich has stressed movement and not playing in crowds against the Heat, which is 43-3 when forcing teams into 16 or more turnovers. Spurs guard Gary Neal put a comfortable -- and realistic -- range of turnovers for the Spurs to win around 10 or 12. That leaves Parker with two goals for Game 5: hope his hamstring holds up better, and play less recklessly. "We have to understand that their identity is to play aggressive defence, and they gamble, and theyre going to take a lot of chances with steals and blocks," Parker said. "We just have to be smarter with our decisions." Custom Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys . The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona hosts third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. Kevin Garnett Jersey . LOUIS -- St. . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In a divided nation, NFL officials are a unifying factor, because everyone seems to disagree with them.Quarterbacks say they take too many dirty hits. Receivers complain they are targeted. Defensive backs say they cant touch anyone without getting a flag. And coaches say their teams never catch a break.Fans want games to move along without endless reviews and flags.The leagues head of officiating even found himself tweeting during Monday nights Bills-Seahawks game when the crew bungled a series of calls at the end of the first half on a field goal try that would prove crucial to the outcome.Time to bring back the replacement Refs! Jeremi Melendrez, owner of Js Barber Lounge in Las Cruces, New Mexico, wrote on Facebook while watching the leagues latest officiating fiasco.And this was from a Packers fan still salty over the Fail Mary in Seattle, the botched call in the end zone in 2012 that sped the return of the regular officials.Melendrez describes himself as an avid but angry fan. He has NFL Sunday Ticket but says the proliferation of penalty flags over the last few years are making games harder to watch.Its no fun anymore because its flag football, Melendrez said. Im sure players and coaches are upset, too.That they are.Two weeks ago, the Raiders overcame an NFL-record 23 penalties to beat the Buccaneers, and Oakland coach Jack Del Rio wasnt about to pin the blame solely on his players.Penalties are up throughout the league, Del Rio said. I think at some point it will settle down as they put viewers to sleep.Del Rio is just the latest to argue that one of the forces driving down TV ratings is the flurry of flags slowing the rhythm of games.Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said fewer quarterbacks are throwing downfield because of a lack of protection, but on the few times they do go deep, flags are flying either for holding or pass interference.Some defenders complain the newer rules require them to make super-human, split-second decisions in midair so as not to hit a guy too late or too hard, or too high or too low.Others, like reigning MVP Cam Newton, are calling for more flags.Newton took his case directly to Roger Goodell after no whistle was blown when Cardinals pass rusher Calais Campbell crashed into him below the knees two weeks ago.Through Week 9, penalties are down slightly (16.93 per game) over the same period as last year (17.21), but up from 2014 (16.55). And the average length of games (3:07:49) is down by 92 seconds over the first half of the 2015 season, but up from `14 when it was 3:06:23.All these penalties are down from this time last year:-Illegal contact (41 vs. 44)-Defensive holding (157 vs. 174)-Offensive pass interference (68 vs. 75)-Illegal use of hands (63 vs. 97)-Unnecessary roughness (121 vs. 135)-Roughing the passer (42 vs 66)Taunting is up (24 vs. 17) and the 42 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls are the same as in 2015.During one Monday niight game this season, the Cardinals beat the Jets 28-3 in a yawner that featured 23 flags. Taj Gibson Jersey. By the third quarter, play-by-play man Sean McDonough had seen enough.If were looking for reasons TV ratings are down all over the place, this doesnt help, McDonough said on the air that night. No. The way this game has been officiated is not something anybody wants to watch.Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce grew so irate over not getting a pass interference call on Prince Amukamara after the Jaguars cornerback hooked him in the end zone last week that he threw his towel at the official.Ejected and dejected, Kelce later said he felt like an idiot. It was a terrible decision. ... I cant throw my flag at the ref. He can throw his all day long.The next day, Richard Sherman, who criticized NFL officiating last week for incorrect calls, found himself at the center of another officiating flap in Seattle, the third in five seasons.Walt Andersons crew flagged Sherman for being offside but not unnecessary roughness after he crashed into Dan Carpenter attempting to block his 48-yard field goal at the end of the first half -- an incorrect call according Blandino.Buffalo was assessed an injury timeout after trainers ran on the field believing Carpenter was injured, and forcing the Bills to spike the ball with 1 second left as Carpenter had to leave the field. That was followed by officials mistakenly not resetting the play clock and Buffalo being assessed a delay of game, and the half finally ending with Carpenter missing a 54-yard attempt.Whenever it comes to player safety, we want to look at these fouls, Blandino said. Its something that we stress with our referees when it comes to the quarterbacks and the kickers with roughing the kicker and roughing the passer, so we certainly dont want to miss calls like that.Player safety was not in their mind, Buffalo linebacker Jerry Hughes complained. He was offside and dove at our kickers leg while he was in motion. Thats a dirty play.Non-calls. Wrong calls. Too many calls.Its making players and coaches mad and driving fans from football.In one of their games this year, all five of Denvers offensive linemen were whistled for critical penalties, but their quarterback didnt complain: Its not for me to tell guys (to) stop holding, Trevor Siemian said. Truthfully, Id rather them hold than me get hit pretty good right there.Other Broncos were joining the chorus of complaints after Denver drew a dozen flags in a loss at Oakland last week, however.Its frustrating, said safety T.J. 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