Parsons game-time decision vs. Warriors
December 6, 2013, 1:00 pm
Parsons a game-time decision for Warriors
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The Houston Rockets face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Toyota Center and for the third straight game, forward Chandler Parsons will be a game time decision as he continues to deal with back spasms.
"It's feeling better. I was able to go through shootaround today and got some shots up afterward," Parsons said. "It's still extremely tight and sore, but the pain is limited and it's to the point where I was able to tolerate it today through shootaround.
"Hopefully it doesn't tighten up between now and game time so I can play," Parsons added. "I'm just going to do some more rehab and see how it feels tonight."
Parsons also said the team is trying some new treatments with him to try to alleviate the pain and stiffness.
"They flew in this acupuncturist that I saw for like two hours yesterday (Thursday) and he's here until Sunday," Parsons said. "It was kind of crazy there were like 20 needles in my back like two inches deep. Ive never experienced something like that.
"But it works, I feel better. The pain is a lot less than it was, so hopefully I continue to do this process and it keeps getting better and better."
Parsons is the Rockets second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game and he has been pretty frustrated sitting out the last two games, both losses, and is looking forward to his return, whenever that is.
"I can't wait. That's the only thing that is scary, I don't want to rush back to soon and make it linger on throughout the season," Parsons said. "I have to be smart, but it has definitely been frustrating here sitting helpless on the bench, not being able to help my team win games. It hurts and no better team to come back and play against than the Warriors, I love playing against them.
"They're a great team.They can really shoot the ball," Parsons said. "You really have to try to take the three point line away. They are having a great year."
Houston won three of their four meetings with the Warriors last season, including a 140-109 triumph in which the Rockets tied the NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game with 23. Golden State head coach Mark Jackson instructed his team to start fouling the Rockets in the final few minutes to prevent Houston from breaking the all-time mark. That helped to ramp up the intensity between the teams in their ensuing games.
"Everything that happened last year, that's over with, but we don't forget," Parsons said. "Things were said and that's just going to have to take place tonight."