The knot in Spurs guard Tony Parker's left calf had shrunk to less-than-baseball size by tipoff time, so the decision for him to play in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors was easy.

Finding ways for him to be effective while dealing with lingering pain and stiffness was another matter.

Parker made only 6 of 17 shots and had only three assists in a 97-87 overtime loss that tied the best-of-7 series at two games apiece.

Afterwards, he acknowledged that the sore calf affected his play.

“I felt like I was limited a little bit, but nobody cares,” he said. “It's the playoffs. You have to keep playing.

“I just didn't have my normal lift for my jump shots and penetrate. Hopefully I'll keep doing my normal treatments and I'll feel better.”

Parker expressed confidence he will feel more like himself for Game 5 on Tuesday at the AT&T Center, in part because the early start on Sunday allowed the Spurs to arrive back in San Antonio in time to get a good night's sleep. Also, he will be able to get more treatment on the calf on Monday morning.

“We'll be at home,” he said. “Our crowd's going to push us. Hopefully we can shoot the ball a little better.”