Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons Speaks About Recent Slump

By Michael Ma

Mar 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) speaks to his team during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons may have played his worst game of the season last time out Thursday evening in a 111-87 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Houston Rockets‘ forward shot 1 for 11 from the field, finishing with a season-low 2 points.

Since the All-Star break, Parsons is shooting just 37 percent from the field, and 28 percent from behind the 3-point line, while averaging only 13.3 points.

When asked on Saturday if fatigue is in any way a factor at this time of the season, Parsons dismissed it.

“I don’t think I am (tired). He (Rockets coach Kevin McHale) probably thinks I am. I’m young and I play basketball for a living. I think I need to play more.”

According to the new SportVU tracker, Parsons continues to lead the NBA in miles ran, having covered 2.7 miles so far this season, while ranking 5th in the league in minutes per game at 37.7. Parsons is also in the top-25 of players who have played the most total minutes this season.

Parsons has also had some tough defensive assignments recently, most notably both Lebron James and Kevin Durant in a weeks’ stretch. He’s set to defend James once again Sunday afternoon.