As the Dallas Mavericks continue to increase the workload of Chandler Parsons, they’re still not revealing what that increase is and when it will transpire.
“I’m not advertising what the number is,” coach Rick Carlisle said before Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Then it’s going to be endless questions about the number.”
Everything is going in the right direction. If it goes up, it’s going to inch up.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Chandler Parsons’ playing time
Parsons, who had surgery on his right knee on May 1, played a season-high 22 minutes during Friday’s 102-93 victory over Utah. So far the Mavs have been pleased with his performance in the 17.1 minutes he’s averaged in nine games, with his minutes expected to increase this week.
“Everything is going in the right direction,” Carlisle said. “If it goes up, it’s going to inch up.
“It’s not going to be something where all of a sudden you’re jumping off a cliff into the deep water. It’s going to be gradual, but he’s making good progress.”
Whenever Parsons’ minutes are amped up, Carlisle will have to tweak his rotation a bit to accommodate his fifth-year small forward. But that, he said, will be done on a gut-feel basis.
“As we’ve progressed to this point its been my belief that it’s been more important to get him concentrated stretches of minutes for the purposes of conditioning and rhythm, assuming he’s playing well,” Carlisle said. “We’re not just going to put him out there if he’s not going well.
“At some point it’ll become a more pertinent question as to where the divide is. And we’re still looking at probably some restrictions with back-to-back [games] and stuff like that although I don’t know what they’re going to be this week, so don’t ask.”
Duo playing well
Rookies Justin Anderson and Salah Mejri were in Oklahoma City late Saturday night a few hours after helping the D-League’s Texas Legends to a 102-86 win over the Oklahoma City Blue.
Anderson finished with 27 points and five rebounds and was 11-of-25 from the field in 39 minutes. Mejri had six points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in 21 minutes.
Carlisle raves about the proximity to American Airlines Center and the Legends’ home base in Frisco as a quick way to get his young players some valuable playing time. He also praised the job of first-year Legends coach Nick Van Exel.
“It’s a positive situation to be able to send your guys there to get game action, so we’re going to do more of it,” Carlisle said. “It’s a positive tool for our franchise, it’s a positive tool for those guys.
“Nick’s doing a real good job with that team and we’ve got a real close connection with him. It’s a win-win straight across the board.”
Anderson dressed for Sunday’s Mavs-OKC game, while Mejri was inactive.
Zaza Pachulia played 38 minutes and 50 seconds in Friday’s game against Utah.
That’s a single-game high for any Mavs player this season, but it’s not a trend Carlisle plans on continuing.
“I like all our guys to be in the 20s, but that’s’ not going to be realistic on an every night basis,” Carlisle said. “With the day between games you can go into 38 on a night like that.
“He’ll be fine, but in the big picture we don’t want to make it an every night occurrence. It makes it harder on the big physical guys because of the grinding and the pounding to go along with the number of minutes.”
With center JaVale McGee playing in his first game Sunday against OKC, that should help prevent Pachulia’s minutes from increasing.