Parker's new grip on Spurs evident against Jazz
By PAUL J. WEBER
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker looks the same as ever to the Utah Jazz. The San Antonio Spurs, however, are seeing their All-Star take charge like never before.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Monday called this season the best Parker has ever played after the speedy point guard led the Spurs to victory in Game 1. That's quite a turnaround from last year when Popovich grew upset seeing Parker play harder for the French national team than in a first-round playoff bust weeks earlier.
Parker says the Spurs became his team when Manu Ginobili broke his hand early this season, and he hasn't relinquished control since.
Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio. The Spurs may be without backup center Tiago Splitter, who is doubtful with a sprained left wrist.
Updated April 30, 2012