Tony Parker returns for Spurs

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker returned to the team’s lineup last night against the Utah Jazz, after missing the last month-plus with a severe ankle sprain.

Parker went through a full practice on Thursday and was considered probable to play Friday. He did suit up, playing 37 minutes for San Antonio while scoring 22 points, two rebounds and five assists.

Despite the fact that Parker is in consideration for league MVP, the Spurs went 6-2 without him. He’s averaged 21 points and 7.6 assists while playing 33 minutes per game.

While the Heat have been getting most of the media attention lately – considering their win-streak – the Spurs only trail Miami by one game in the win column. They have secured their spot as one of the top seeds in the West, and lead the Thunder by 2 ½ games for the top spot in the conference.

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