Chandler Parsons Shows Houston Rockets How Much They Needed Him

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons missed a game for the Houston Rockets earlier this week and it took just one appearance on his part for the Rockets to realize how much they missed him.

Parsons missed the Orlando Magic game due to food poisoning. Teammate James Harden was also out which deprived the Rockets of their two leading scorers. They still won, showing how much depth the Rockets enjoy. Parsons and Harden returned to the lineup on Wednesday in a 112-102 NBA win over the Sacramento Kings.

It was Parsons who stole the show with an incredible night. He was obviously feeling better, considering he played more than 39 minutes. Parsons was 12-of-18 from the floor and 3-of-6 in 3-pointers for 20 points and five rebounds, plus four assists. He continues to play with plenty of confidence for a second-year player. Parsons’ excellent sophomore season consists of 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. That’s certainly up from last season when he averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. His shooting has been solid at 48.1 percent from the floor and isn’t bad in 3-pointers and 38.3 percent.

The Rockets are bidding for the No. 6 spot in the West Conference standings and want to get ready for the playoffs. They’re likely to have their hands full with a tough first-round opponent and it won’t get any easier if they get into the second round. Parsons is definitely ready for the playoffs. The Rockets are going to be a good playoff team if he stays healthy.

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