Last summer the Mavericks were able to finally land a free agent…that they really wanted. A lucrative three-year $46 million dollar contract pried the versatile young small forward away from the in-state rival Houston Rockets.
With this move, even among other moves like the Tyson Chandler trade a few weeks before or the Rajon Rondo trade a few months after, Chandler Parsons is the Mavericks ace in the hole. Their big fish. Their…White Knight.
Chandler Parsons is the Dallas Mavericks Batman.
The Mavericks bet it all on Parsons to be the missing piece this team has been searching for since they reached the top of the NBA world in 2011.
So in that sense, Chandler Parsons is indeed Batman. Yes, Parsons is Batman.
This was solidified as fact and not ridiculous metaphor in the seven games preceding the Mavericks win over the Lakers on Sunday night.
Because of an ankle sprain (that might have something to do with shoes?) CP missed a crucial stretch of the season, as in the beginning of March the Mavs are still trying to get #acclimated with Rajon Rondo and also the newest member of the team, Amar’e Stoudemire.
The team was 3-4 without their starting small forward, but the most stifling number was the 91.1 PPG with Chandsome out of the lineup. This coming from the team tied for 4th highest scoring in the league at 104.4 points a contest.
Of course, not being able to shoot the darn basketball is an issue no matter who’s in or out of the lineup.
Going into the Lakers matchup Sunday, Dirk was shooting 40.2 percent, 31 percent from long range and averaging a disheartening 12.7 points per game.
Before his 31 point explosion (including 18 third quarter points) in the same Sunday night matchup against the league’s worst Laker defense, Monta was hitting from the field at a 38.5 percent clip, 13.8 (!) from three and averaging 14.6 PPG, well under his 19.2 average.
Heading into the Lakers matchup Sunday, Dirk was shooting 40.2 percent, 31 percent from long range and averaging a disheartening 12.7 points per game.
Before his 31 point explosion (including 18 third quarter points) on Sunday night against the league’s worse defense out in L.A., Monta was hitting from the field at 38.5 percent, 13.8 percent from three and averaging 14.6 PPG, well under his 19.2 average.
Despite donning a cape and cowl with his new team, Parsons has been far from immune to the Scarecrow toxins that are surely producing these ghastly shooting numbers.
In the month of February, Parsons shot 39.2% from two, 38.2% from three and was scoring 14.1 in eight games before falling to injury.
Suffice to say, none of these numbers will cut it. The National media will obviously continue to blindly blame Rajon Rondo.
Even after last night’s behind-the-wooodshed beatdown from the Cavs, the Mavericks next four are all at home, as part of a season high five game road trip. But they’re against –in order– Clippers, OKC, Orlando and Memphis.
It’s a make or break stretch, as jubilant Jay Knodell wrote here yesterday.
And though Parsons makes one hell of a Bruce Wayne, we’re going to need some Gotham-style basketball justice if this Dallas Mavericks basketball team wants to be doing anything come May.
This article was intended for Tuesday posting but there were some server issues, I apologize to my six loyal readers for the un-Ace like tease.