Canadian Cory Joseph's star is rising with Spurs

Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) congratulates guard Cory Joseph after a basket against the Heat...

Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) congratulates guard Cory Joseph after a basket against the Heat during Game 3 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, June 11, 2013. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

SAN ANTONIO - With Tony Parker nursing a strained hamstring, Canadian Cory Joseph could be thrust into the spotlight at the NBA Finals.

Though Parker is expected to play, he might not be able to log his usual minute load, which would give the Pickering, Ont., native a chance to see more action.

If that does happen, the experience Joseph picked up in his “roller-coaster” second season will prepare him, the Canadian said Wednesday.

“I’ll be ready for whatever it is. If (he starts or plays more), I’m preparing for it just like I prepare for any other game,” Joseph said.

“I’m just going to let the game come to me. I’m confident in myself.”

Joseph saw little time as a rookie after being selected 29th overall by the Spurs in 2011 and wasn’t playing much either this season before making the unusual call of requesting a demotion to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.


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