News: Nowitzki scored 24 points (10-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with eight rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes Saturday in the Mavericks 108-118 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Despite Nowitzki's hot shooting, three other Mavericks took more shot attempts than him Saturday, something which shouldn't continue as the series progresses. The future Hall of Famer is set to pass Dwyane Wade for 17th in all time playoff scoring in the next game,
News: Parsons (knee) scored 10 points (5-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt) with six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes Saturday in the loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Parsons missed the last six games of the regular season and his return is vital to the Mavericks' chances this postseason. His numbers were down across the board in his first season in Dallas and will have to improve on his numbers if they are to advance past round one.
News: Parsons (knee) will start Saturday's playoff opener at Houston, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Parsons missed the last six games of the regular season due to a sore and swollen right knee, but the ailment won't stop him from aiding the Mavericks' postseason effort. In four games against his former team this season, he averaged 13.3 points (on 45 percent shooting), 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 three-pointers, and 1.0 steal in 31 minutes.
News: Parsons (knee) says he feels good and will play in Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday, Mavs.com's Earl Sneed reports.
Impact: It will be a big series for Parsons on a personal level, as it is against his former Rockets teammates. He will play a crucial role in a gang effort to limit James Harden's offensive attack, and will be the third option offensively after Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.