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Injury report: Tony Parker could return to action soon, according to Pop

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Gregg Popovich thinks Parker should be back before the regular season ends

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According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News' Spurs Nation, Pop doesn't expect Parker to be out long:

"This isn't me resting somebody," Popovich said after shootaround this morning at the Target Center. "The docs don't think he can go. We're going to give him the time that he needs, according to what they say."

Asked if he is considering shutting Parker down for the remainder of the regular season, Popovich said, "I don’t think it’s that serious."

"He got a shot in there, and he’s got to let it calm down," Popovich said. "For sure, this week, these next couple of games he’s not going to be able to go."

The bad news is the facet joint sprain was serious enough that Parker simply had to sit out a couple of games following doctor orders. The good news is it looks the injury isn't as serious as it first seemed. If there's one thing Pop wouldn't do is rush players back unless they are healthy. So if he believes Tony won't miss much more than the next two games, there's reason for optimism.

Of course, things can change. If for some reason there's is a complication, regardless of how small, or Parker's back doesn't respond as expected, Tony will surely sit out more games. We will have to wait and see.

For now it looks like the Spurs might actually have all their key players available to fine-tune things before the playoffs start.

Hat tip to Jeff McDonald. You should go read the full story here.