HOUSTON – The Dallas Mavericks’ chances of squaring their best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets just got a little tougher.
In his pre-game press conference Tuesday night, coach Rick Carlisle announced that starting small forward Candler Parsons and backup combo guard Devin Harris will not play tonight due to injuries. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. at the Toyota Center.
Parsons is still trying to receiver from swelling and soreness in his right knee which caused him to miss the final six games of the regular season. Harris sat out the final game of the regular season last Wednesday against Portland with a great left toe in jury he suffered Apr. 13 in Utah.
"The knee has not responded the way we had hoped,’’ Carlisle said of Parsons. "This is a young man who’s very important to our team now and in the future, and we’re very concerned.
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"He will be re-evaluated tomorrow by (team) Dr. (T. O.) Souryal and we’ll have more information.’’
Parsons played a whopping 37 minutes in Game 1 of this series last Saturday, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also limped off the court and to the dressing room late in the second quarter, but did return to start the second half.
Carlisle didn’t come out and admit if he’s concerned Parsons could be in jeopardy of missing the rest of this series.
"I’m concerned for him, period,’’ Carlisle said. "That doesn’t mean it’s a possibility.
"I think we’ll know more tomorrow.’’
Apparently, Parsons had been in more pain than the Mavs knew.
"I will say this, it’s become clear to those who are close to me or him that he’s been in more pain than he’s let on,’’ Carlisle said. "The fact that the knee has not responded and the swelling has not dissipated the way that we had hoped to means right now we’ve got to pull the plug on him tonight and he’s got to see doc tomorrow and we’ve got to see what’s what.’’