Spurs' Hill likely back in starting lineup

DALLAS -- There was little going on following the San Antonio Spurs' abbreviated shootaround this morning in preparation for Game 2.

Tim Duncan didn't take the bait when asked about Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's "I hate the Spurs" monologue. He said something like, what's new, everybody hates the Spurs.

As for Spurs guard George Hill, whose sore right ankle might or might not be still aching, he is likely to play and to start.

"Unless he falls down in his room or trips over an end table or something," Popovich said of Hill's availability.

That leaves Tony Parker to come off the bench.

Parker had told Spurs coach Gregg Popovich that he's fine with coming off the bench as long as he's in the game in crunch time.