Pregame Playoff Buzz: Parker to play in Game 5, word he’s officially a father

AT&T CENTER – “He’s going to play,” was the first answer San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave when asked if point guard Tony Parker would play in game five Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Popovich said over the day off, Parker had just been rehabbing, and he hasn’t been on the court. “He says he’s playing,” continued Popovich on if he’s seen Parker play at all, “I don’t think I have a vote. I’ll watch him when the game starts though.”

Parker came in probable with a grade one left ankle sprain that he sustained in Dallas, in game four. Another topic was the suspension of Mavericks center DeJuan Blair, who was suspended for game five, in an incident in game four, where he was ejected for kicking Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head.

“It doesn’t matter now,” said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle if he had any thoughts on Blair’s suspension, “we’ve got to do it without him.”

Another note from the AT&T Center was the news that Parker’s wife had their first newborn baby Wednesday. The news came via KSAT 12 reporters Larry Ramirez and Greg Simmons. According to Ramirez, Parker’s sons name is “Josh.”

Here were a few sights and sounds pregame from the AT&T Center.

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