Report: Chandler Parsons' knee 'gave out in a weird way'
Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons reportedly suffered a major blow in his road back from a lingering knee injury, and the team isn't sure whether he'll be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
According to ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon, Parsons was originally supposed to play in Dallas' final two regular season games, but then his knee "gave out in a weird way" during a recent workout in Los Angeles.
Parsons simply has no lift and no explosiveness, even though the swelling in the knee is down. The 6-foot-9 small forward could barely dunk off his right foot Sunday, even before he suffered the setback. "Right now, I think if I played, not only do I think I'd further the injury, I know I'm not as good as I could be, and I'd probably hurt more than I'd help," Parsons said while pedaling on an exercise bike before he watched Rajon Rondo and the Mavs reserves play the Utah Jazz. "I could play, but it would almost be selfish to rush back and play and not be able to help my team. I'm not going to be immature and ignorant just to play. I'm dying to play. I really want to play, but at the same time, I'm not going to be selfish and rush back and not be a contributor and be able to help our team."
A healthy Parsons is absolutely critical for the Mavericks if they want to upset whichever squad gets the two seed, whether it be the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs or Houston Rockets. He's third on the team in scoring and rebounding, while leading the Mavericks in three-point attempts (shooting a highly respectable 38 percent) on the season.
Since opening night, Dallas scores nearly three more points per 100 possessions with Parsons on the court than when he's on the bench, and his ability to space the floor, attack off the dribble and create for others really makes this team a multidimensional threat.
Without him they're thin on the wing and far more reliant on the aging Dirk Nowitzki than they want to be. With him, they can conceivably still beat almost anybody.
(h/t: ESPN Dallas)