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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 2:00 pm  |  7 responses

Tony Parker to Start in Game 2?

The Spurs could see a familiar face back in the starting lineup tonight, as they try to even up their series with Phoenix. The Express- News reports: “Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was non-committal when asked if Tony Parker would be back in the starting lineup tonight. Manu Ginobili, who knows something about postseason lineup shuffles, says he won’t be surprised if it happens. Phoenix guard Steve Nash figures it’s ‘just a matter of time.’ It seems the only person certain about the role Parker will fill in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals is Parker himself. ‘I expect to come off the bench,’ Parker said after Tuesday’s practice. “Once Pop makes a decision, usually it doesn’t change.’ History, not to mention Ginobili, attests otherwise. Popovich has famously played lineup roulette in the past, particularly with Ginobili and particularly when behind in a series. Having lost Game 1 on Monday 111-102, but with Parker coming on late to torch Nash, the stage could be set for another lineup swap in Game 2. Could Parker — aka ‘Manu Jr.’ — be in line for another Manu moment? ‘It wouldn’t shock me,’ Ginobili said. A three-time All-Star and former Finals MVP, Parker has backed up George Hill at point since his April 6 return from a fractured hand. In the Dallas series, Parker averaged 15.8 points in that role. This series, however, presents an obvious opportunity for a changing of the guard. The Spurs have stated the goal of attacking Nash on defense, making him expend energy without scoring, and Parker’s style is more conducive to that than Hill’s. Two years ago, Parker averaged 29.5 points against the Suns in the playoffs. ‘Tony is huge in this series because of the way he attacks seams,’ Ginobili said, ‘so as to put Nash in trouble, having to chase him.”’

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  • RickyRude

    I say give it a shot.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    Parker can kill Nash, and Nash can kill the Spurs so …

  • Atrain

    nashty beastin right now not sure it matters who the spurs throw out there…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    WOW Pop is so smart? Hill should have never started over a FINALS MVP anyway. This is why Spurs will lose, Pop thinks he is Phil Jackson.

  • BackInBlack

    he should get traded

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    This all depends how much minutes Parker can play. If Parker can play 35-40 minutes, start by all means… but Parker needs to be 100% during crunch time. I get the reason Pop is benchin’ him a bit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ The Promise

    But, can he play that long, against the Sun’s run and gun style? I doubt it. Whether he plays that long or not, I’m not sure if they can beat Phoenix or not, they are a younger and more talented team, and I’m looking for those old guys on the Spurs to wear out pretty soon. I think their championship hopes are all but done. Suns take the series in 6.

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