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Old 03-01-2009, 05:18 AM   #1
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Tony Parker made sure the San Antonio Spurs didn't miss Tim Duncan too much when they faced the Portland Trail Blazers last week.

They'd prefer if they didn't have to try winning without Duncan again.

The Spurs have been without their biggest star for the past three games, but they'll hope to get him back on the floor Sunday night when they look to beat the Trail Blazers for the 14th time in 15 games.

Duncan has been out since Tuesday, when his knee felt stiff before the Spurs (39-18) opened a three-game homestand, and on Wednesday he was diagnosed with a right quad injury.

Parker was brilliant in the first two games that Duncan was sidelined. He scored 37 points in a 93-76 victory over Dallas on Tuesday and had 39 against Portland (36-22) in a 99-84 win Wednesday.

"He was like a roadrunner blowing by us," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

San Antonio has won 13 of 14 and 20 of 22 against Portland.

The Blazers will be looking for their ninth straight win at the Rose Garden, and they'll come home with a little momentum after losing at Houston and San Antonio to start a three-game road trip. Brandon Roy scored 19 points and Rudy Fernandez had 18 on Friday in a 102-82 victory over Minnesota.

"I'm very happy with our guys and the way they responded tonight," McMillan said.

Roy, averaging a team-high 22.6 points, had 26 points and seven assists in a 100-99 win against San Antonio on Oct. 31 - Portland's first victory over the Spurs since Jan. 24, 2005. In Wednesday's loss, though, he had 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 20.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in his last five games, carrying a front line that's still without center Greg Oden. The No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft has missed the Blazers' last six games with a bone chip in his left knee and won't play Sunday.

Oden has yet to suit up against Duncan - the top pick in the draft 10 years earlier - and the Spurs.



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