DALLAS – Forward Chandler Parsons and guard Devin Harris will not play in Wednesday’s regular season finale at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Parsons suffered a setback Sunday and has missed the past five games with swelling and pain in his right knee. Harris injured his left great toe in the first half of Monday’s loss at Utah.
The Mavs (49-32) are hopeful of having both players back for the playoffs, which starts this weekend. But they know at this juncture nothing is guaranteed.
"Injuries can happen at any time, so you don’t go into a game thinking about not getting hurt,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "That’s when things do happen.
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"The important thing is to play hard all the time and you got to hope for the best.’’
The situation with Parsons is even more grim, because he doesn’t think he’s going to be ready for Game 1 of the playoff opener, which will be Saturday or Sunday.
"Right now I think if I played, not only do I think I would further the injury, I know I’m not as good as I could be and I’d probably hurt more than I would help,’’ Parsons said after Monday’s loss to Utah. "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 hurt our team.’’
Meanwhile, X-rays taken on Harris’ toe were negative.
"It’s still pretty sore,’’ he said. "But it should be ready to go by at least the weekend.’’