DALLAS – Ask Chandler Parsons why he was able to secure a season-high 12 rebounds during Monday’s 115-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has a rather standard answer.
"Probably (because) Tyson (Chandler) not being in there,’’ Parsons said. "That probably helped a lot.
"But just being aggressive, chasing down balls.’’
Chandler left just 84 seconds into Monday’s game after spraining his left ankle. Since Chandler came in averaging 12.2 rebounds per game, a lot of stray balls were available due to his absence.
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The only other game this season where Parsons grabbed more than nine rebounds in one contest was Dec. 20 when he collected 11 boards during a 99-93 win against the depleted San Antonio Spurs.
"A lot of times it seems like it’s been bad luck where it’s not coming to you,’’ said Parsons, who averages 4.8 rebounds per contest. "But you’ve just got to make an effort and go get it and chase down the long ones and just make sure your man doesn’t get it.’’
Parsons hopes to chase down a few more rebounds when the Mavs (35-19) entertain the Utah Jazz (19-33) Wednesday night at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
Since Chandler won’t play against the Jazz, can the Mavs count on another 12 rebounds from Parsons?
"That would be nice, man,’’ he said. "I hope so.
"We’re going to need it for us to win.’’