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Roger Mason filling in nicely

Updated: November 1, 2008, 7:53 PM ET
By Guy Lake

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then there is much to be fond of in Portland and San Antonio. Both teams squared off last night without two of the biggest names on either squad: Greg Oden (sprained foot) and Manu Ginobili (ankle). Of the two, the Spurs looked the worse for the absence. The team is relying heavily on Tony Parker (24 points, 11 assists) and Tim Duncan (27 points, 10 rebounds). Both played well, but with Parker as the only player in black and white capable of creating his ...

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