All-Star point guard Tony Parker’s availability for Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets at Denver’s Pepsi Center won’t be determined until coaches and members of the team’s medical staff get a chance to evaluate him after a workout scheduled for Tuesday morning. Suffering from a variety of injuries, Parker officially is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game because of a sore neck. He missed Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with the same ailment. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pulled Parker from Thursday’s game in Oklahoma City when he began limping noticeably after the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. The team’s leader in scoring and assists, Parker scored a season-low two points in 25 minutes against the Thunder. Parker was on the team’s practice court working on jump shots after the Spurs practice on Monday and for a few minutes it appeared as if his return to the lineup might be imminent when a team spokesperson said he was probable for Wednesday’s game. Not long after that pronouncement Parker’s status was changed to questionable, which confused even his teammates. “Oh, that’s going to be good if he’s able to play,” starting forward Kawhi Leonard said when news of Parker’s probable status was relayed. “Hopefully, he can. We need him back out there on the floor.” Leonard adjusted on the fly when Parker’s status was downgraded. “It’s not good,” he said. “We need him back in our lineup right now to build team chemistry going into the playoffs.” Diaw out: Center/forward Boris Diaw, who did not play in the second half of Saturday’s 99-97 victory over the Hawks, won’t make the trip to Denver because of a back injury. Rookie Aron Baynes will travel to Denver after being recalled from an assignment to the Spurs’ Austin Toros D-League team. Signed to a multiyear contract on Jan. 23, the Australian center/forward has made five trips to Austin to get valuable game experience. He played two games in his most recent assignment, scoring a combined 43 points and grabbing 24 rebounds.
Parker could play in Denver
San Antonio Express-News | Apr 9