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No one expects Cory Joseph, Nando DeColo or Gary Neal to do what Parker does. But the difference is obvious, especially when the shot clock winds down. "Tony's the ultimate playmaker," forward Danny Green said, "and we're the ultimate bailout guys for him. Right now, the playmaking part is where we're lacking. We don't have a guy who can dribble around and around, get easy layups [and] floaters in the paint, and run the offense the way he did. Cory's doing a great job, Gary's doing a great job as well. But it's different what Tony brings." NBA.com

To hear Spurs forward Danny Green tell it, All-Star point guard Tony Parker is just around the corner from an early return from his Grade 2 sprain of the left ankle. Over the past week, Green has kept an eye on Parker’s post-practice workouts, which now include plenty of shooting drills, and thinks the Spurs’ scoring and assists leader will beat the medical staff’s projected return of after April 1. “I’ve always said I didn’t think he’d be out the full four weeks,” Green said before Saturday’s game. “Every time he’s hurt, I never see it as a serious injury because he always plays through it. He always comes back a lot sooner than people expect. Not saying it will be (Saturday or Sunday), but I expect he’ll be back sooner than the four weeks. “I think he looks pretty healthy. I think he looks pretty good. You’d have to ask him, but he looks like he’s moving pretty well. Every day, I feel like he’s shooting a little bit here and there, and his speed on his movement is coming a little bit better.” San Antonio Express-News

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It appears Gregg Popovich has done it again. With the road miles piling up on his veteran team, the Spurs coach has dispatched four of his top five leading scorers home to San Antonio in advance of tonight’s nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green did not travel with the team after Wednesday night’s win in Orlando, instead heading back to South Texas this morning for an extra day of rest leading up to Saturday’s sure-to-be-rugged home game against Memphis. The four were spotted on a Southwest flight making a pre-lunch escape from central Florida. San Antonio Express-News

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We'll also learn a lot about stamina and player health, though that's a long way away. But here's one example, via sources familiar with the data: After Manu Ginobili broke a bone in his left hand early last season, the Spurs' camera data indicated that the other four starters were suddenly expending more energy — spending more time running at peak speeds — with Danny Green in Ginobili's place. Think about the implications of something like that, for both on-court strategy and training schedules. The Spurs' general substitution patterns last season were a bit different than the typical NBA team's, with Gregg Popovich removing more of his starters earlier than most coaches do. Grantland

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Mark Deeks: Danny Green got three years and $11,287,500, all guaranteed with no options. Darius Morris took the one year QO, so he too can veto trades. Twitter

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