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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Parker: Spurs' guard Hill to play

By Jeff Caplan

Officially, the San Antonio Spurs are calling George Hill (sprained right ankle) a game-time decision, but Tony Parker on Friday had a more definitive status report:

"He's going to play,” Parker told reporters at the Spurs' practice in San Antonio. "He needs to play. I'm not worried about that. George is a tough guy."

Hill missed four games before returning in Wednesday night's regular-season finale at Dallas. Early in the first quarter Hill tripped over a cameraman along the baseline and left the game. He practiced Friday, but was limited.

"It's not as bad as it was the first time, but it did set him back a bit,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We'll see how it's feeling. It's a little bit better every day."

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn't hesitate when asked if he believed Hill would play.

"I expect he'll play," Carlisle said.