DALLAS – Chandler Parsons will miss his second straight game tonight when the Dallas Mavericks host the Phoenix Suns at American Airlines Center.
Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. in a game which will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Parsons originally injured his right knee in the Mar. 29 game in Indiana. The four-year veteran small forward played on it three days later in Oklahoma City, but left the Apr. 2 game against Houston with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter after experiencing some discomfort and hasn’t played since.
"He’s doing better,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. "But he’s just not there yet.’’
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Carlisle said point guard Rajon Rondo and small forward Richard Jefferson will play tonight. Rondo (hyper-extended left knee) and Jefferson (jammed toe) were injured in Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Parsons is experiencing swelling in his right knee, and Carlisle said: "The swelling is significantly down. Beyond that I don’t know how much is or isn’t in it now.
"There’s daily progress. He’s spent a lot of time with (head athletic trainer) Casey Smith, and Casey is as good a trainer as there is on this planet.’’
The Mavs are listing Parsons as day-to-day and will travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip, which starts with Friday’s game in Denver. After Denver, the Mavs play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, at Utah on Monday and return home to close out the regular season on Apr. 15 against Portland.
Carlisle is hopeful of having Parsons back in the mix at some point on the road trip.
"We’d like to get him back to play a game or two before the playoffs, if it’s possible,’’ Carlisle said. "But nothing is for sure.
"He’s doing better each day and there are some encouraging signs, but beyond that I can’t tell you what’s going to happen. We’re going to get there however we can get there.’’