Mavs Parsons: 'Optimism' For Game 1
The Dallas Mavericks have watched Chandler Parsons go down, have watched him develop a scary hitch in his git-along, and on Wednesday night in pre-pregame warmups watched him push through a demanding workout in which he ran, cut and shot on his balky right knee.
They are now cautiously optimistic they'll soon watch him rejoin the lineup in time for this weekend's NBA Playoffs.
"I’m optimistic,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday when discussing Parsons. "We don’t know anything for sure, but the hope is to have him available for Game 1."
Dallas, which just completed a 50-win season and is the No. 7 seed pitted against the No. 2 Rockets (with a Game 1 slated for Saturday at 8:30 in Houston), is also hoping Devin Harris' turf toe allows him to play in the game. Devin vows to be ready; Parsons is more "wait-and-see,'' and some in the organization prefer to bill this as a "game-time decision.''
Parsons, Dallas' big-money free-agent signee from last summer, plucked from Houston, averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds this season. He'd planned on participating in a game or two this weeke before encountering a problem in pre-game work before Sunday win at the Lakers. Richard Jefferson has been solid in Parsons' spot, and reserves like Al-Farouq Aminu have stepped up to fill the void during his six-game absence. But Parsons' all-around offensive game makes him a special weapon -- and a necessary one if Dallas is to have a real shot at out-manning Houston.
"Right now, signs are positive,'' Carlisle said, "but not definite.''