DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks picked the wrong time of the season to become beset with injuries.
Small forward Chandler Parsons missed his second straight game Friday and already knows he’ll have right knee surgery sometimes in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, point guard Raymond Felton, who made his fourth start of the season Friday, pulled his hamstring in Game 3 and was limited. And Richard Jefferson, who started in place of Parsons, sustained a calf injury Friday.
And that’s not taking into consideration the mysterious plight of point guard Rajon Rondo, whose unforgettable performance in Game 2 of this series hamstrung the Mavs to the point where he is no longer with the organization.
On Wednesday, coach Rick Carlisle said Rondo suffered a back issue in Tuesday’s game. But even Carlisle knows that remark will be interpreted wildly considering the timing of it and considering that Carlisle said he benched Rondo for the final 23:26 of Game 2 because J. J. Barea and Felton were playing better.
Either way, the Rockets’ 130-128 win over Dallas gave them a commanding 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series and left the Mavs licking their wounds. Wounds that won’t heal easily, unless the Mavs can become the first team in NBA history to win a best-of-seven series after being down 0-3.
"We’ve got other guys that are going down left and right,’’ Carlisle said. "Felton pulled his hamstring, RJ pulled something in his calf, so we’re losing manpower.
"But guys are fighting their (butts) off and I love it. And we’re going to be back in here fighting our (butts) off on Sunday.’’
Game 4 is Sunday at 8 p.m. at American Airlines Center.