Parker poured in 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added seven assists and two rebounds over 30 minutes in Thursday's 97-90 win over the Grizzlies. The veteran point guard's scoring totals continue to fluctuate, with Thursday's effort representing a notable bounce-back from a two-point tally over 27 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday, a game in which Parker came up empty on six field-goal tries. The 16-year pro took double-digit shot attempts for the second time in the last three contests and produced only his third double-digit scoring effort in the eight March games he's participated in.
Parker provided 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 FT), seven assists and three rebounds across 20 minutes during Sunday's 118-102 victory over the Kings. Parker found his stroke in his second game back from back stiffness, missing only two of his 10 attempts from the field and finding his teammates for seven assists in just 20 minutes of action. While it may have made sense for coach Gregg Popovich to rest Parker against the lowly Kings, Popovich ultimately opted to let Parker shake off the rust from his 2-for-8 return Saturday. The 34-year-old point guard should be relied upon for his season averages of 10.3 points and 4.7 assists across 25.6 minutes per game for the rest of the way.
Parker (back) started at point guard and provided four points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes in a 104-96 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. Parker, who missed the previous four games with a stiff back, made a minimal impact in his return to action, and ended up roughly splitting the playing time at point guard with backup Patty Mills (23 minutes). With Parker's return not providing the boost the Spurs needed to make up ground in their battle for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the team now two and a half games behind the Warriors in the standings, it's possible the 34-year-old will be rested Sunday against the Kings in the second half of the back-to-back set.
Parker will start at point guard Saturday against the Grizzlies, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. After missing the past four games with a sore back, Parker has received clearance to play, but look for him to roughly split the minutes at point guard Patty Mills, who fared well during his absence. The Spurs are likely to rest Parker on a few occasions over the final month of the regular season, so the veteran point guard will likely make for a risky lineup option the rest of week. There's a real possibility that Parker could sit out Sunday against the Kings in the second half of the back-to-back set after returning to action Saturday.
Parker (back) is no longer listed on the Spurs' injury report and is expected to start Saturday against Memphis, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. The veteran missed the last four games with a sore back, but he's poised to return to action as the Spurs play on the first night of a road/home back-to-back. With Dejounte Murray (groin) ruled out, expect Patty Mills, who had been starting in Parker's place, to see most of the minutes at point guard behind the Frenchman.
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