NBA: Parker ready to return for Spurs

Tony Parker, the French playmaker for the San Antonio Spurs who has missed three weeks with a sprained left ankle, will be back and available to play on Friday when the Spurs face Utah.

In a Twitter message, the Spurs announced that Parker will be back in the lineup after earlier saying that he would not take the court against the Jazz.

Parker went through a full practice on Tuesday for the first time since the 30-year-old guard was hurt on March 1 in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Tests the following day revealed the severe sprain.

Parker has team-best averages of 21.0 points and 7.6 assists as well as 3.1 rebounds a game over 56 appearances this season.

The Spurs have gone 6-2 in Parker's absence and are 29-4 at home this season.

At 52-16, the Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference just ahead of reigning conference champion champion Oklahoma City (50-19) and are trailing only Miami (53-14) for the best record in the NBA.