Chandler Parsons did not try to pretend Tuesday’s preseason opener between the Mavericks (his new team) and the Rockets (his former team) would be the usual “just another game.”
It won’t be like a regular-season game or the first meeting in Houston, but for it will be strange feeling for the fourth-year forward.
“It’s going to be a weird feeling,” Parsons said. “It’s definitely going to be awkward.
“Even though it’s a preseason game and Dirk (Nowitzki is) not playing and the rotation is not going to be regular-season game like, it will still be exciting. It will still be competitive. It’s not like it will be Nov. 22 in Houston, but it’s good to get it out of the way. It will be fun. “
“It will be a little uncomfortable at first, especially with Coach (Kevin) McHale,” Parsons said. “Players came and went in my career in Houston. (J.B.) Bickerstaff, McHale, Buck (Greg Buckner) and (Chris) Finch, those are my guys. It’s weird that they are planning the scouting report to stop me, to take away what I do. It’s just different and weird, but definitely exciting.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN