All-Star point guard Tony Parker is close to returning to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup.
The Western Conference leaders should be fine until then if Tim Duncan can continue one of his best stretches of the season.
San Antonio will try to sweep its four-game homestand on Friday night when the slumping Utah Jazz look to avoid their first eight-game road losing streak in eight seasons.
Out since March 1 with a sprained left ankle, Parker - the team leader with 21.0 points and 7.6 assists per game - went through a full practice on Tuesday. He won't play Friday, but there's a chance he could Sunday at Houston before the Spurs host Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers and league-best Miami.
Led by Duncan's 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, the Spurs improved to 6-2 since Parker last played with Wednesday's 104-93 victory over Golden State. The All-Star forward is averaging 27.7 points, 14.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks since sitting out a 107-83 loss at Minnesota on March 12...