Tony Parker will play in game one of the NBA Finals

Tony Parker says he plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The San Antonio Spurs open their rematch with the Miami Heat on Thursday, and their star point guard is nursing a balky left ankle that he aggravated in Saturday night's Western Conference final.

Parker didn't practice Tuesday, but said he expects to be back Wednesday.

Parker is averaging a team-leading 17.2 points and 4.9 assists this postseason but has been bothered by injuries the past two rounds.

Coach Gregg Popovich says his point guard is "getting better every day," and he expects Parker to be ready for the series opener.