Mavs Playoff Hopes Take Hit With Loss of Chandler Parsons
The Dallas Mavericks had already started slipping out of the Western Conference playoff picture. Now they may not have a chance of staying in the post-season mix.
Per reports, star small forward Chandler Parsons has suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be shut down for the remainder of the 2015-16 NBA season.
Chandler Parsons is likely to undergo season-ending surgery this week to address a torn meniscus in his right knee. https://t.co/JfAIr9UN6i
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 22, 2016
Parsons missed time earlier in the week due to a hamstring ailment, but learned on Monday that a knee issue was much more serious than originally thought. While hypothetically a minor issue and surgery, Parsons’ knee troubles are quickly becoming a problem for the Mavs. Parsons began the 2015-16 season on a minutes limit due to off-season knee surgery and took several months to round into form.
While it does appear Parsons will be sidelined for the rest of the year, it doesn’t sound like he’s quite yet willing to accept it. Parsons is still seeking a second opinion, hoping to rest and return to help Dallas make a playoff push.
Surgery looks like the most likely outcome of the news, however, as Dallas isn’t a lock to make the playoffs with or without Parsons, and a first round matchup with the Golden State Warriors (or even the San Antonio Spurs) as the 7th or 8th seed would surely end with a quick first-round exit.
Parsons going under the knife likely kills the Mavs’ playoff run, and in turn makes them a shaky bet on a per game basis moving forward. Dallas will likely ask even more out of aging star Dirk Nowitzki, while the likes of J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton will likely be called on more for their offense. David Lee and Zaza Pachulia could also see their roles increased, depending on how head coach Rick Carlisle decides to deal with the injury.
Dallas has fallen apart lately (3-7 in last 10 games) and without Parsons, would be facing an uphill battle to close the season strong. Currently resting as the fourth best team in the competitive Southwest division at 35-35, the Mavs still hold onto the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, with Parsons done for the year and the 34-36 Utah Jazz breathing down their neck, Dallas could be close to slipping out of the playoff picture.
The other interesting thing to note here is Parsons himself, and his future, both potential in Dallas or elsewhere in the league. This is now a borderline star player that has two knee surgeries (should he in fact go under the knife) in the last year and will be diving into the NBA free agency pool.
That makes Parsons a risk for any prospective buyer, even though he brings a highly versatile skill-set to the table. Numerous teams (as well as the Mavs) should still be interested, but it will be very interesting to see how Parsons’ free agent market is impacted by yet another knee issue.
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