With Parsons and James Harden, not to mention Jeremy Lin leading the way, the Rockets are a team to watch out for in the first round of the playoffs. They will play probably the Oklahoma City Thunder, which might be a more intriguing match-up than people realize.
Parsons, in his second NBA season, has been nothing short of outstanding with 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He’s been getting better all season and the Rockets have been benefiting, as a result.
He’s been putting in some heavy minutes with 36.3 per game. His field goal percentage is sound at 47.9 percent and his 3-pointers aren’t bad either at 38.1 percent. His free-throw shooting at 72.1 percent could improve but will do.
In a big showdown with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week, Parsons had 45 minutes of action and was 8-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-7 in 3-pointers. It was an impressive performance against the Spurs. He wound up with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Teams watch Harden a lot but they can’t afford not to cover Parsons. If they do, he’ll make them pay. Right now, Parsons and the Rockets want to get better and be at their peak for the playoffs. They’ll make it very interesting.
They could see the Spurs in the playoffs, which would make basketball hot and heavy in Texas this summer. That would be a great series.