SAN ANTONIO – One by one, the Dallas Mavericks came to Chandler Parsons’ defense following his lackluster performance during Tuesday’s 101-100 loss to the world champion San Antonio Spurs.
Parsons scored only five points and was just 2-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-4 from 3-point land.
"I thought he had a couple of in and outs, but this is not a one-game season,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "I mean, there’s 82 games in the season, so he’s just got to get used to some of his new teammates, a new style of play, a new play-calling.
"He’ll be OK. He’s a good player, he’s very versatile. I just thought he had a couple of good looks and a couple of them rimmed in and out, so it’s unfortunate.’’
Parsons negotiated a flying dunk early in the game. Then he buried a 3-pointer which got Dallas within 96-94 of the Spurs with 2:43 remaining in the game.
Other than that, he was a no-show on the offensive end of the floor.
"It was just one of those games,’’ Parsons said. "It (stinks) to play like that on the first game, but it is only one of 82.’’
The Mavs gave Parsons a three-year, $46 million restricted free agent contract in July and had high expectations of what he could offer them. Those expectations, however, are on hold for now.
So what do the Mavs say to Parsons?
"Just play the game, that’s all,’’ guard Monta Ellis said. "We’ve got another one Thursday (in the home opener against Utah).’’
Coach Rick Carlisle also stressed not to read too much into one awful game by Parsons.
“He’s going to be fine,’’ Carlisle said. “I like an awful lot of the things that he did do.
“It’s one game. He will bounce back on Thursday and we’re all going to play better.’’