Dallas Mavericks

Illness forces Mavericks’ Parsons to miss second straight game

Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons, right, has missed two straight games with a stomach illness.
Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons, right, has missed two straight games with a stomach illness. S-T

Chandler Parsons came to the Amway Center hoping to play in Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

But his aching body wouldn’t allow it.

The Dallas Mavericks’ starting small forward, who has missed three games this season, watched the Mavericks beat Orlando 108-93 from the locker room, still trying to recover from an illness that also forced him to miss Friday’s win in Miami.

Meanwhile, Parsons is taking an IV and drinking fluids to try to help get his body back up to speed.

The four-year veteran started feeling ill after a Friday afternoon nap in Miami.

“I had the chills, was sweating, was freezing and [the vomiting] wouldn’t stop,” said Parsons, who hopes to play in Monday’s home game against Minnesota. “The last thing I ate was just a normal breakfast.

“I had a normal omelette and fruit — nothing out of the ordinary. Was it something I ate, a stomach bug or something, I have no idea, but it was bad.”

The illness forced Parsons to miss what was considered a homecoming game Saturday. Parsons graduated from Lake Howell High School in nearby Winter Park, Fla.

“It’s always a fun place and one of the most special places to play,” Parsons said of the Amway Center. “Every time I come here I just always have all my family and high school, middle school, elementary school friends — I went to school 10 minutes from the arena.

“It’s disappointing, but this is part of it and I obviously didn’t plan it.”

Richard Jefferson has started in Parsons’ place the past two games. Parsons, meanwhile, can’t wait to get back on the court.

Parsons said: “I’m a little bit better today. But I still haven’t eaten much and I’m pretty dehydrated.”

Brutal month ends

Saturday ended one of the most brutal months in Mavs history.

The Mavs played 16 games in January, with 12 of those on the road covering all corners — New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota and Florida.

It was draining for the players, coaches and traveling staff, to say the least.

“It’s tough, but everybody has these stretches,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The schedule is a little more compressed this year because of a longer All-Star break, but down the road there’s a possibility of a reduction of exhibition games that has been talked about that can alleviate some of this.”

Carlisle believes his team’s quality depth has allowed them to better control the traveling schedule which, despite its constraints, saw the Mavs post a 9-7 record in January after Saturday’s win in Orlando.

“There’s no getting around the fact that an NBA season is going to have some volatile travel periods,” Carlisle said. “That’s where each team has to manage the best way they can.

“That’s one reason that we built a roster as a strength-in-numbers roster. Of course, we want to have as many high-level players as we can, but we’ve got to have a lot of guys that we can really trust out there, and [Friday] night [in Miami] was a good example of the need to have guys ready to step up in big situations.”

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

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