Parsons, Smith unable to finish practice

Parsons, Smith unable to finish practice
January 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Even with a couple of days off without a practice or a game, the Rockets season of nagging injuries continued with a pair of players unable to finish practice on Monday afternoon. Both Chandler Parsons and Greg Smith had knee issues that prevented them from completing the workout.

“It’s pretty sore,” Parsons said about his right knee. “The day before the Knicks game, I banged knees with Terrence (Jones). It was bothering me, but it wasn’t too bad. I obviously played against the Knicks and played a lot of minutes. Over the weekend it started bothering me more and more.

"I did a lot of rehab and a lot of stuff with it today so hopefully it calms down tomorrow. I got an MRI this morning, it didn’t show anything. It showed that my knee looked really good, absolutely nothing wrong with it, so that obviously good. It’s probably just swollen, I think I may have hyper-extended it a little bit. If the game was today, there’d be no way I could play. I’m going to do whatever I can to play. I hate missing games.”

He said while he did kind of drop a little bit when it initially happened on Thursday in practice, but he didn’t think anything of it and didn’t do any rehab on it. He just did his normal back rehab stuff and really didn’t believe it would be an issue.

Smith also hurt his knee and was unable to finish. It’s the same right knee that has forced Smith to miss 20 games already this season. He indicated that he didn’t believe it was too serious and sounded optimistic about being available for Wednesday's game and head coach Kevin McHale wasn’t sure about the extent of the injury.