DALLAS – For the most part, Chandler Parsons has been flourishing lately in his role as the Dallas Mavericks’ sixth man.
But Mavs fans shouldn’t get use to their five-year veteran small forward coming off the bench.
"It’s ceetianly not going to be a forever thing,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after Friday’s 97-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. "But listen, today is Friday, next week will be Monday and Tuesday and who knows what will happen then.
"The great thing about the whole situation is he has not wavered. He hasn’t come to me and said, ‘You know, hey, after a couple of subpar (games), hey, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.’ ‘’
Against the Grizzlies, Parsons played a season-high 32 minutes and collected 16 points, distributed a game-high seven assists and was 5-of-10 from the field. It was one of those games where Parsons gained more confidence as he continues to get in better condition following right knee surgery last May 1.
"It’s been tough,’’ Parsons said. "If I take two days off I feel rusty.
"I had to basically take six months off to rehab and get my knee better. Games like this are definitely a positive sign.’’
Games like this are what the Mavs are hoping for from Parsons.
"He’s stayed the course, he’s been grinding harder, he’s been working harder,’’ Carlisle said. "Going through this whole ordeal with the surgery, the difficult summer of rehab, the difficulty in getting reconditioned, this is when you become a true professional, this is when you really find out what it’s all about.
"Everybody does fine when everything is good, everybody wants a nice cooked steak, but nobody wants to see you chopping up the cows in the back. In the last five or six months, parsons has been in the back butchering the cows. And that’s the kind of work he’s had to do.’’
Parsons certainly carved up the Grizzlies, knifing his way through traffic and peeling off one assist after another. He finished the night with two less assists than the Grizzlies’ entire starting lineup.
"When I’m out there playing it feels good,’’ Parsons said. "It’sa ll about sringing up a couple of (games) back-to-back and doingall the right things getting rehab, icing my knee, making sure there is no swelling, and working as hard as I can.’’
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