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Chandler Parsons out for Game 2, maybe rest of Rockets series

Devin Harris, Chandler Parsons, Trevor Ariza

Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons (25) and Devin Harris (20) defend as Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza, center, moves to the basket in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Down 1-0 to the Rockets, the Mavericks are in a hole.

It might be even deeper than it appeared.

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

Chandler Parsons (right knee soreness) will be out tonight in Game 2 of the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round playoffs against Houston
Asked if he was concerned that Parsons might be lost for the series, Carlisle said: “I’m concerned, period. That does loom as a possibility, but we’ll know more (Wednesday). I will say this: it’s become clear to those of us close to the team and him that he’s been in more pain than he’s let on. The fact the knee has not responded and the swelling has not dissipated the way we hoped means we have to pull the plug on tonight and he’s got to see doc tomorrow and see what’s what.”
Carlisle also said that the Mavericks will not have Devin Harris for Game 2. He aggravated the big toe injury on his left foot in Game 1.

Parsons, a skilled all-around player, will be missed. There’ s a significant drop to Richard Jefferson, who will start at small forward.

Harris is both less talented than Parsons and has a lower drop to his replacement – a bigger role for J.J. Barea. But Harris fits Dallas’ offense well, and now Rick Carlisle has one less option for when Rajon Rondo’s fit issues become especially problematic.