Updates from Monday, April 14
Parsons in the starting lineup w/ Howard, Jones, Harden, Beverley. #Rockets— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) April 14, 2014
The Houston Rockets have ruled out Chandler Parsons for Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Rockets tweeted that the third-year forward is suffering from wrist and hip injuries:
.@ChandlerParsons (wrist & hip) & Francisco Garcia (back) will be out tonight.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 12, 2014
Parsons was hurt on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He landed awkwardly after a dunk attempt, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Chandler Parsons went down very hard on a dunk attempt. Could hear the crash on the floor. He's shaken up. Brewer flagrant.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 12, 2014
The timing couldn't be much worse for the Rockets. Both Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley will be playing their first game back on Saturday night after recovering from injuries, per the Houston Chronicle's Jenny Dial Creech:
McHale said he isn't sure how much time Beverley or Howard will play tonight since it will be their first game back.— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) April 12, 2014
Just as Howard and Beverley come back, Parsons goes down.
The 25-year-old is averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists a night. His do-it-all skill set has proven invaluable to Houston this season. While there's no chance the Rockets miss the playoffs, head coach Kevin McHale will no doubt want Parsons back before the postseason begins.
The Portland Trail Blazers are breathing down Houston's neck. Faltering in even the slightest could mean that the Rockets fall to fifth or six in the Western Conference and lose home-court advantage for at least the first round.
Parsons will need to make a quick recovery to help the team at least maintain its place in the standings.