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  • Tony Parker will miss tonight’s game for the Spurs because of soreness that continues after his left ankle sprain from the beginning of March. Parker missed eight games but returned March 22 and has played five games since then. But the Spurs (55-19) play at Oklahoma City tomorrow night and have just a one-game lead over the Thunder for the top seed in the West and currently own the tiebreaker over OKC. Parker is expected to be back for that game.
  • Nando De Colo, the rookie from France, starts in place of Parker despite Cory Joseph having started in all games when Parker was hurt previously in March. “We’re always going to trust in our system and play as a team,” Joseph said. It’s De Colo’s fourth start of the season.
  • Though Tim Duncan returns after a one-game absence while resting his sore knee in the second game of a back-to-back in the Monday night loss at Memphis, Kawhi Leonard will miss his second-straight game for the Spurs due to nagging knee soreness. Leonard has missed 22 games, most of them because of the knee. Stephen Jackson will start in place of Leonard.
  • The Magic (19-56) will miss Jameer Nelson for the third-straight game because of a right ankle sprain. Orlando coach Jacques Vaughn (his first game back to San Antonio as coach of Orlando after spending three seasons as a Spurs player and one season as an assistant) said Nelson could return Friday at Chicago. “It’s just lingering a little more,” Nelson said. “It’s a small thing, but I still have pain. So you’ve got to be smart.”
  • DeJuan Blair will miss the game tonight for San Antonio because of a stomach virus. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Blair and Manu Ginobili (right hamstring strain) could be the only players to miss tomorrow’s game at Oklahoma City.
  • The Spurs look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since March 2011.

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