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The nagging injuries Parker has endured this season causing him to miss 14 games didn’t bother him. Parker’s inability to get into a rhythm lately due to his latest injury (back stiffness) caused no dismay, either. When it was assumed the 34-year-old was a bit frustrated by it all, Parker smiled and quickly dismissed it. “I feel blessed to be honest,” said Parker after the Spurs’ 118-102 victory over the Kings, “because I’m playing and I’m having fun.”

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Signs point to Spurs point guard Tony Parker returning to action Saturday night against the Grizzlies after missing the last four games with what the team called back stiffness. Parker was an active participant in the team’s shootaround Saturday morning and was not included on the injury report released by the team in the afternoon. The Spurs, however, ruled rookie point guard Dejounte Murray out with a left groin injury. The Spurs reported no other injuries.

Point guard Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee that will force him to miss Friday night’s game against the Jazz, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after shootaround Friday morning. Parker, who also sat out the team’s home opener against New Orleans on Oct. 29, did not make the trip to Utah. He is averaging a sub-par 5.5 points and 4.0 assists per game after posting averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists over 72 games last season. “I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”
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