• The Spurs will be without veteran point guard Tony Parker when they visit the Clippers tonight at Staples Center, as well as starting forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) and center Tiago Splitter (calf). However, key reserve Manu Ginobili is expected to return in a limited role after missing the last eight games with a hamstring injury. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Parker has a “variety of maladies” and will be rested for the “foreseeable future.” Parker, the team’s leading scorer at 17.7, sat out the final game before the All-Star break, a 12-point win Wednesday against the Celtics, but played 11 minutes in Sunday’s All-Star game, totaling four points, two rebounds and an assist. Cory Joseph will start in Parker’s spot with Patty Mills seeing increased minutes in a backup role. Leonard will miss his 12th consecutive game and Splitter his fourth. The Spurs begin the day four games back of first-place Oklahoma City in the West and two games ahead of the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers.
  • Clippers starting shooting guard J.J. Redick will miss his fifth consecutive game with a sore hip, but backup Willie Green is available after missing the previous game with the same ailment, though coach Doc Rivers would rather not play Green. The Clippers also let Sasha Vujacic’s 10-day contract expire without offering a renewal, so L.A. will be thin at shooting guard for at least another game. Jamal Crawford, who has been much more effective coming off the bench in his career, will continue to start in Redick’s place with rookie Reggie Bullock seeing increased minutes as well.

Dan Arritt

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