Things keep getting worse for the Dallas Mavericks, as starting small forward Chandler Parsons has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Rajon Rondo is now out indefinitely with a back injury.
The Dallas Mavericks are now exploring surgical options to address Parsons's right knee injury. Parsons has had issues with his right knee for the better part of the last month after noticeable swelling kept resurfacing but had gone down by the time the playoffs had rolled around.
Chandler Parsons played 36 minutes in game 1 at Houston and had 10 points and 6 rebounds but was obviously hobbled by his right knee injury. Parsons would have to leave in the second quarter temporarily after landing on it hard after going for a dunk but he would come back and finish the rest of the game.
After game 1 Rick Carlisle stated that the knee injury was more severe then what Parsons led on and the organization was 'concerned' it may be a long-term injury.
Parsons's injury is a bit overshadowed as the Mavericks also announced Wednesday, April 22, Rajon Rondo sustained a back injury against Houston in game 2. He is out indefinitely and is seeking additional medical options.
The timing of Rondo's back injury is a bit suspect, after the abysmal performance Rondo put on last night and look more than a bit disinterested in participating in the game. Rondo's body language seemed that of a player who had no intention of being in that game whatsoever and was begging to be taken out of the game.
Regardless of what the reasoning may be, the Dallas Mavericks now face a daunting task of climbing out of a 0-2 hole against the Houston Rockets without 2 of their 5 starters. One piece of good news the Mavericks received earlier in the day was that backup point guard Devin Harris is optimistic that he'll play in game 3. He may see big minutes with Rondo now out of the lineup.
It's very likely that Rajon Rondo has played his last game in a Dallas Mavericks uniform, while the Mavs hope that Chandler Parson's injury won't linger into the start of next season.