McHale gives injury update, report card
It has been awhile since the Rockets have been at full strength.
Over the past several weeks, players have missed games and practices with a variety of injuries and illnesses, and that was again the case on Saturday when head coach Kevin McHale said they went over “situational stuff” and a light shooting session with what few guys they had available.
“We had 8-9 again…8 ½,” said McHale with a smile. “We had a lot of guys trying to rebound from playing last night.”
Guard Jeremy Lin is still out with a right knee sprain and contusion he suffered against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 27. He and was initially expected to miss two weeks.
“In another 2 or 3 days they’ll re-evaluate him and then make another decision as to a timetable as to when to try and get back, so I don’t think there is any change on the 10 days to two weeks,” McHale said. “But he has to be re-evaluated before he can start thinking about playing.”
Parsons also sat out Saturday’s session as he received another two-hour acupuncture treatment on his sore back. He missed the team’s games earlier this week at Utah and at home against Phoenix, but after being back in the starting lineup and playing 34 minutes Friday night, Parsons said it was the sorest he’s even been, and he didn’t seem to be any better on Saturday and is still listed as day-to-day depending on how well he responds to treatment.
“He’s sore today, but I think part of him being sore is from just not playing,” McHale said. “He’s had a lot of work done on his back. He’s just sore from all that stuff – more from the therapy, needling and acupuncture. Today he just had general overall body soreness.”
But Parsons played through the pain and helped lift his team to a much-needed, dominating win over the Warriors Friday night. He led the team with five assists and three steals but only had 8 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Although Parsons played well defensively, especially on Klay Thompson who is one of the top 3-point shooters in the league, he admitted he was rusty. His teammates, however, were glad to have him back.
“He’s a key part of this team,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “He’s a go-to guy that we look to often. Just to have him back releases some pressure off me, Dwight and other guys as well.”
“He’s another playmaker that we have,” Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said. “Our offense strives off people making plays for each other and CP was definitely a blessing coming back, so I’m happy for him.”