San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker expected to start tonight against Clippers

Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game tonight against the Spurs/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

Small forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) figures to miss his fourth consecutive game when his San Antonio Spurs host the Clippers tonight (Monday) at 5:30 (on Fox Sports West). However, according to a tweet by the Orange County Register’s Dan Woike,  point guard Tony Parker (hamstring) is expected to start after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury.

Parker is the team’s leading scorer and assist man with respective averages of 16.0 and 5.3. Leonard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The Clippers (19-8) reside in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. San Antonio, which has lost four in a row and six of seven, is 17-11 and in seventh in the West, 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers.

The teams met once before this season, with the Spurs coming away with an 89-85 victory Nov. 10 at Staples Center.