Tony Parker told the Express-News that he expects to play in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals after suffering a Grade I strain in his left hamstring as the Spurs finished off Portland on Wednesday in the semifinals.

But coach Gregg Popovich struck a more cautious stance on Friday, saying he needs to assess Parker’s rehab progress before he puts his All-Star point guard in jeopardy.

“I haven’t seen him today,” Popovich said. “I saw him yesterday. I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to go. He’s going to stay off it today and tomorrow. They’re going to put him on a treadmill and a bike, and then see where we’re at. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Parker, the team leader in points (19.3 per game) and assists (4.9) through the first two rounds of the playoffs, will have had four full days to recover before the Spurs tip off against Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the WCF on Monday.