Chandler Parsons will miss his seventh straight game when the Dallas Mavericks meet the Golden State Warriors at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Parsons also missed the first game of this three-game road trip Thursday night in Portland. But the small forward hopes to return to the lineup Sunday when the Mavs end this trip with a game in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Parsons suffered a sprain and bone bruise to his left ankle during a Feb. 20 win over the Houston Rockets.
“I’m dying to get back, but at the same time you have to be smart,” Parsons said Thursday. “It’s still really painful, it’s still really sore, but it’s definitely getting better.”
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Parsons averages 15.4 points per game, offensive production the Mavs sorely miss. But they’ve been able to make due with Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu.
“He gives us a little bit of everything,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Parsons. “He gives us a good runner, playmaker, shooter, a defender of length.
“He plays a very, very good all-around game, and it takes one of our playmakers out of the mix, so it makes it more challenging. But RJ and Farouq have done a good job and we’ll roll with these guys.”
As age sometimes catches up to Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star is reflective and often talks about all the fun he’s had during his 17-year career.
But last summer’s workout schedule was unbearable for Nowitzki.
“In the summertime, not as much,” Nowitzki joked, referring to fun and relaxation. “The new strength coach [Jeremy Holsopple] we’ve got, he kind of put a little program together for me this summer and that was one of the worst summers I’ve ever had strength-coach wise.
“I was running up hills, I was running on tracks, I was in the weight room four or five times a week.”
Nowitzki, who turns 37 on June 19, signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Mavs last summer. And he knows if he plans on fulfilling those contractual obligations, his conditioning is a must.
“Sometimes you don’t really feel like going into the weight room and getting a session in, or even stretching,” Nowitzki said. “It’s just sometimes annoying.
“But I know, in the long run, it helps me. Especially if I want to play out this contract on a decent level for the next three years.”
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A mad dash to win this year’s Most Valuable Player award is brewing between Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
Nowitzki said Curry or Harden should win the award. Nowitzki, who won MVP honors for his performance during the 2006-07 season, said: “It’s not like breaking news here.”
Carlisle, however, wasn’t going down that dark road of naming his MVP and then having the others he rejects holding that against him when they play his team.
“No, no, no, I’m out of that business,” Carlisle said. “There are three or four guys that are right up there.
“It’s going to come down to how the media people feel when they vote. You could give it to three or four different guys this year.”
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