DALLAS -- Officially, the San Antonio Spurs have 6-foot-6 rookie D-League grad Garrett Temple listed as the starting point guard for tonight's Game 1 against the Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Officially, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich deemed second-year guard George Hill a game-time decison. "He's probably 50-50."
Officially, that's hogwash.
"He says he's going to play," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said after this morning's shootaround of his injured teammate, an key cog in the Spurs' grand scheme. "He's a little hesitant right now. We only had 1 1/2 practices, so it's hard after you've been out to come back. It's not going to be that easy."
Hill, who declined to chat with reporters, missed four games with a sprained right ankle before returning in Wednesday's regular-season finale in Dallas. He re-aggravated the injury after he tripped over a cameraman along the baseline in the first quarter.
Judging by Ginobili, it sounds as if Hill will start at point guard with Ginobili at shooting guard, leaving the always dangerous Tony Parker, who actually came out Friday to tell the world that Hill planned to play, to bring his slashing attack off the bench.
Parker has played in just six games, all in a reserve rolle, since returning from a month-long absence due to a broken right hand. Popovich officially declared Parker to be at full strength.
"Tony's ready to go," Popovich said.