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Monday, April 19, 2010
Kidd expects Parker to start Game 2

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS – Jason Kidd believes Tony Parker’s tenure as the Spurs’ sixth man is over.

“They’ll make adjustments,” Kidd said. “We’ll probably see him starting in Game 2. He’s just getting back. The big thing is he’s a talent. He’s an All-Star who has won championships. We’ll look for him to start playing a little bit more.”

Such a lineup change would certainly make sense after Game 1.

Parker, who is calling himself Manu Jr. since he's a sixth man these days, produced 18 points and four assists off the bench. George Hill had no points, no assists and two turnovers as the starter.

Hill had an excuse: He was a gametime decision because of a sore ankle. Not that Kidd wanted to hear it.

“I thought he was fine,” Kidd said. “He was out there to play. Any time you go out there to play, you’re fine.”

Could Kidd be trying to get in the head of a kid with precious little playoff experience?