Spurs rest banged-up Parker against Clippers

Spurs guard Tony Parker won’t play against Chris Paul and Los

Angeles Clippers on Friday night because of a sore thigh.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he was being cautious with

his leading scorer. Parker strained his right quadriceps while

scoring 32 points in a win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday

night.

Parker, averaging 19.5 points and a career-best 7.9 assists, has

also been bothered by lingering pain in his right calf. Popovich

said his All-Star point guard could probably play but that the risk

doesn’t make sense in this lockout-shortened season.

The Spurs are also without backup T.J. Ford, who left

Wednesday’s game after being knocked to the floor.

Gary Neal will start in Parker’s place.