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  • Tony Parker will miss tonight’s game because of a strained right thigh. “He had a banged up wrist and his right calf was bothering (before Wednesday’s game) and he did a number on his thigh,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We MRI’ed it and all that to make sure it wasn’t torn (or) ruptured. It wasn’t, but it’s not in great shape and he needs to sit out. He could probably play and be half (speed), but that doesn’t make any sense.”
  • Danny Green will get his 11th start of the season as Parker sits, but Popovich said Gary Neal (who also will start) and Manu Ginobili (off the bench) will go back and forth between the point and shooting guard positions.
  • Just how long T.J. Ford will sit out for the Spurs is indefinite. Ford, who missed the entire 2004-05 season with a spinal contusion, suffered a stinger on Wednesday and had trouble getting off the floor after he was bumped in the back and sent to the hardwood by Baron Davis of the Knicks. His absence is not entirely physical. “It’s just a process,” Popovich said. “I’m sure it’s half physical and half mental. That was a scary situation (when he got hurt), so we’re going to let his body and his mind calm down on that one.”
  • Blake Griffin dinged his left ankle on Wednesday when he made contact with the Nets’ Kris Humphries, but he’s expected to play tonight for the Clippers. “He’s fine, but he fell pretty good and got hit pretty hard,” coach Vinny Del Negro said.

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