Tony Parker isn't there yet. He still needs to go to Utah, and maybe to Oklahoma City and Miami, and continue to see the game as clearly as he has.

But he's close, and Sunday outlined how far he's come.

There was a time, after all, when Parker and Devin Harris were supposed to be at about the same place.

Now they are back at a familiar one, the playoffs. The last time, in 2006, Harris' Mavericks eliminated the Spurs in seven games.

Harris smiles at the memories, and he should. "I've always played well against the Spurs," he said.