Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons missed the Mavericks’ 111-99 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, and Parsons may miss the rest of the series against his former team with a nagging right knee injury, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
Parsons initially suffered the injury on March 29, and at first he tried to play through it, but soreness and swelling forced him to miss the last six games of the regular season. The 26-year-old returned to play in Game 1 against the Rockets, but he aggravated the knee issue with an awkward landing after a dunk. He went on to play 37 minutes in the Game 1 loss anyway, but he really struggled, shooting 5-of-15 from the field and missing all four three-pointers.
With the knee acting up again, Parsons will be reevaluated by the Mavericks’ team doctor on Wednesday. That’s when a determination could be made about his availability the rest of the series.
Richard Jefferson got the start in place of Parsons in Game 2, scoring seven points on 2-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes. Al-Farouq Aminu gave some stellar production in his 23 minutes, notching nine points, four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. If Parsons is done, we may see more Aminu as the series goes on.
Dallas is behind the eight-ball with a 2-0 series deficit and the injury to Parsons, as well as a toe injury to Devin Harris. The good news is the Mavericks are going home for Game 3, but it might not matter at this point.