The timetable for small forward Chandler Parsons to consistently be the player he was before his knee surgery has been moved back, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
Parsons underwent hybrid microfracture surgery on his right knee in May.
“Earlier on the year I said, ‘Hey, it’s going to be probably late December, late January before you can really start keeping stats on him with any accuracy because of the comeback and the rehab and the conditioning and all that,’ ” Carlisle said before Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I really feel now that it’s going to happen after the All-Star break where he really has his legs under him.”
The Mavs’ first game after the Feb. 14 All-Star Game is Feb. 19.
Parsons is in complete agreement with Carlisle. He said he’s had more games that frustrate him than ones like his all-around performance Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It’s been a process and it’s going to continue to be,” Parsons said. “Just because I have a good game here and there doesn’t mean I have anything figured out or solved, and it doesn’t mean my body is going to feel 100 percent.
“But obviously the longer the season goes along the more comfortable I’ll feel, and I think the better off I’ll be. I’d like to think I feel great now, but it’s going to take some time.”
Parsons played his best game of the season Wednesday when he scored a season-high 21 points, a season-high eight rebounds and six assists in a 100-91 victory.
The only other 20-point games for Parsons this season were at Philadelphia on Nov. 16 and against Chicago on Dec. 26.
“It was a good game, for sure,” Parsons said of Wednesday’s effort. “I was happy with the way I played. Now it’s about being more consistent and stringing along a couple of games in a row like that and not just having once-a-week games like that.”
That will come, according to Carlisle, sometime after the All-Star Game.
“There’s going to be some ups and downs,” Carlisle said of Parsons’ game. “But we’re seeing a lot more ups than downs lately.”
More rest coming?
Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Zaza Pachulia sat out Wednesday’s game in New Orleans — a day after each of them played at least 40 minutes in a double-overtime victory Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.
Carlisle, however, was noncommittal when asked about his plan for resting players when the Mavs are caught in a similar situation. With three more sets of back-to-back games this month, there’s a chance more players will be watching games in street clothes.
“I don’t ever talk about the schedule of resting guys beforehand because we don’t always know,” Carlisle said. “Had the [Tuesday] game gone a different way and not gone into overtime, there’s a very good chance everybody would have played [against New Orleans].
“It’s somewhat fluid, but when you get a busy month like this, there’s a good chance that there will be a rest day here or there for somebody.”