For the first time since he was sidelined with a swollen right knee, Chandler Parsons included treadmill work as part of his daily workout regimen Friday.
The Dallas Mavericks’ small forward also added 15 minutes of wind sprints to Friday’s workouts. And that’s the first time running was added to his workout plan.
Parsons still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to play again. After missing the past three games, the four-year veteran remains in a holding pattern in regards to when he can return to the lineup.
“I hate to say it, but it’s a day-by-day thing,” Parsons said prior to Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. “I don’t know when it’s going to get better and when I’ll be able to go.
“The swelling has gone down. It’s just the pain, and it still hurts.”
With games remaining Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers, Monday in Utah and Wednesday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, Parsons would like to play in one or two of those contests. But with the playoffs set to start next weekend, he doesn’t want to rush back too soon and have a setback that’ll sideline him even longer.
“I want to play, but at the same time I’ve got to be smart and do what’s best for myself and the team, too,” Parsons said. “I would hate to have to miss the playoffs rushing back and being ignorant about it.
“It’ll be the worst thing if I tried to play against the Lakers or Utah and end up missing the first round. I’ve just got to be smart, but at the same time I’m dying to get out there.”
Center Tyson Chandler and the rest of the Mavs are anxious to have Parsons back on the court and in a game before the playoffs start.
“I had that problem when I was in New York a couple of years ago and sat out like the last 10 games of the season, or whatever it was, and I had a really tough time getting in a rhythm in the playoffs because the game completely changes,” Chandler said. “If you can, I think it’s important that you get a game or two in to find that rhythm and get into a little bit of basketball shape.
“It’s different when you’re running on a treadmill and water and all that kind of stuff than when somebody’s hitting you and you’re running up and down the court.”
From coach Rick Carlisle’s perspective, Parsons has shown some improving signs.
“There are no definites, but there’s been definite progress made, which is encouraging,” Carlisle said. “He went through basically all of shootaround [Friday], which is not the most taxing thing.
“But it’s ahead of where he was a couple of days ago.”
Still, there’s nothing concrete on whether Parsons will able to play against the Lakers or against the Jazz. Or against the Blazers.
“I obviously want to be ready to go for the playoffs,” Parsons said. “I’m eager to get back out there.
“I want to play in a couple before just to shake the rust off and be ready to go 100 percent for the playoffs. But that may not be the smartest idea if that’s going to set me back.”
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