Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons hasn’t played since April 2 because of a knee injury, and concern about Parsons’s playoff status is growing after he suffered a setback during a workout on Sunday, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
The initial plan was for Parsons to play in the Mavericks’ final two games of the season, but he has already missed the second-to-last game and seems doubtful for the regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, although he’s still hoping to play. He’s not totally sure what’s wrong with the knee, and while an MRI on his knee came back clean when he first suffered the injury and swelling has since gone down, soreness remains.
Parsons said he really wants to get back out on the floor, but he doesn’t want to rush back and hurt both himself and his team:
“Right now, I think if I played, not only do I think I’d further the injury, I know I’m not as good as I could be, and I’d probably hurt more than I’d help,” Parsons said while pedaling on an exercise bike before he watched Rajon Rondo and the Mavs reserves play the Utah Jazz.
“I could play, but it would almost be selfish to rush back and play and not be able to help my team. I’m not going to be immature and ignorant just to play. I’m dying to play. I really want to play, but at the same time, I’m not going to be selfish and rush back and not be a contributor and be able to help our team.”
When healthy, Parsons has been solid this season, averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.2 percent overall and 38.0 percent from three. However, he has dealt with a few injuries of late, as in addition to the knee problem, he also recently missed some time with an ankle injury.
Dallas needs Parsons if the team wants to make any type of noise in the postseason. The forward may be able to play on Wednesday and in the postseason, but the question will be just how effective he can be.