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San Antonio (55-16) at LA Lakers (38-34) 10:30 pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - The last time Tony Parker visited the Los Angeles Lakers, he had his way with them.

Parker's status this time around is uncertain as his San Antonio Spurs face the Lakers on Thursday.

For the first time this season, Parker had to watch from the sidelines Tuesday as the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers here, 98-87. He sat out with a sore right shin that has a chance to keep him out of action against the Lakers.

When San Antonio last played the Lakers here March 6, Parker scored all 21 of his points in three quarters en route to a 103-96 victory.

Without him, the Spurs relied heavily on Tim Duncan and Michael Finley to get past the Clippers. Both players scored 20 points and Brent Barry added 11 and five assists as San Antonio stayed atop the Southwest Division.

Entering Thursday, it owns a 1½-game lead over second-place Dallas.

The Lakers, meanwhile, have strengthened their playoff positioning with four straight wins, the latest a 105-94 triumph over New Orleans.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Kwame Brown continued his strong play of late with 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting. Lamar Odom chipped in 23 and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who trail sixth-place Memphis by three games in the West.

Although Parker was dominant in his last trip to the Staples Center, the Lakers were able to repay the favor with a 100-92 victory at San Antonio four days later. With a win Thursday, the Lakers will gain a split of the four-game series.


2005-06 Stats at a Glance
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San Antonio Spurs
Record: 55 - 16 (.775)
Standings: First, Southwest
At Home: 30 - 4
At Road: 25 - 12
Streak: W 1
Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 38 - 34 (.528)
Standings: Third, Pacific
At Home: 21 - 13
At Road: 17 - 21
Streak: W 4

PPG: 95.7 Opp PPG: 88.6
FG%: .474 Opp FG%: .431
RPG: 41.3 Opp RPG: 40.6
PPG: 98.8 Opp PPG: 97.1
FG%: .452 Opp FG%: .451
RPG: 41.8 Opp RPG: 39.8

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Parker, T 70 19.1 3.3 5.9
Duncan, T 70 18.8 11.1 3.2
Ginobili, M 57 14.9 3.6 3.7
Finley, M 66 9.9 3.2 1.4
Bowen, B 71 7.8 3.9 1.5
Mohammed, N 69 6.2 5.3 0.5
Barry, B 63 5.3 2.0 1.5
Van Exel, N 54 5.3 1.3 1.8
Udrih, B 49 4.9 1.0 1.7
Horry, R 54 4.9 3.6 1.2
Nesterovic, R 69 4.8 3.9 0.4
Marks, S 23 3.3 1.8 0.3
Sanders, M 12 2.4 1.6 0.2
Oberto, F 50 1.8 2.0 0.4
Head Coach: Gregg Popovich

Bryant, K 70 34.8 5.3 4.6
Odom, L 70 14.8 9.2 5.5
Parker, S 72 11.6 3.3 3.6
Mihm, C 58 10.4 6.4 1.0
Cook, B 71 8.2 3.4 0.9
Brown, K 62 6.7 6.1 1.0
George, D 61 6.7 3.9 1.0
Walton, L 59 4.5 3.3 2.1
Vujacic, S 72 3.9 2.0 1.7
Jackson, J 34 3.1 2.0 1.0
Turiaf, R 14 1.8 1.5 0.2
Bynum, A 43 1.7 1.8 0.2
Wafer, V 16 1.3 0.5 0.3
Green, D 26 0.9 0.9 0.3
McKie, A 10 0.3 1.3 0.6
Head Coach: Phil Jackson
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After this just ten games remain till the title defense starts

RocSoLid PlAN To BEAt thE Lakers
dont play parker to many min-i no parker usally plays great against the lakers but we cant let his foot get worse if he does play against the lakers. mybe 20 min tonight.

bruce bowen vs kobe-this key matchup deserves its own dash because with out kobe the lakers are nothing so we must stop kobe from doing much and this game will be easily ours. bowen and manu should switch off on kobe through out the game

duncans and manus production in the paint-with parker questionable we these two must drive and dish.

x factor-duncan

Spurs 105
Lakers 98
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if tony and manu can get to the lane, finishing against the lakers should be easy. granted i havent seen him play in a while, but kwame is not a real shot blocker or intimidator. he has the size to clog up the lane, but he is lost far too often and doesnt rotate to put any pressure on the pentrator. parker and ginobili may not have to use their great acrobatic moves to finish at the rim.

Go NeTs
Keep Tony Parker out the lane, contain Tim Duncan and Ginobli, and the Lakers should come with a win!
Ghiman said:
Keep Tony Parker out the lane, contain Tim Duncan and Ginobli, and the Lakers should come with a win!
so basically your saying contain 2 allstars and the best pf of all time and the lakers have a chance :biggrin: ... i put my money on the spurs
its killing me that lakers think Kwame can guard timmy
duncan2k5 said:
its killing me that lakers think Kwame can guard timmy
i no right, they think they have a legit shot to beat us in a 7 game series...that right there makes me chuckle. come on guys a 50 percent duncan>kwame more less a 90 percent duncan>kwame
well we hung in there till half time and then we just went crazy... i love when that happens. we did it just like real champs do. this team doesnt care who gets the points. one night its duncan and parker the next duncan and manu goes off for 25. i love it, thats just another reason we wil be seeing a finals rematch with the pistons.
on one more note duncan and horry really stepped up when the spurs needed them to!
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