Mavericks hope Chandler Parsons (knee) will return before playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks hope that small forward Chandler Parsons, who will miss his second consecutive game Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns due to swelling and soreness in his right knee, will get some playing time before the playoffs begin.

However, there is no firm timetable for Parsons' return.

"He's doing better. He's just not there yet," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters after Wednesday's shootaround. "We'd like to get him back to play a game or two before the playoffs, if it's possible. But nothing is for sure.

"He's doing better each day and there are some encouraging signs. But beyond that, I can't tell you what's going to happen."

The swelling first occurred after Parsons took a hard fall in the March 29 loss to the Indiana Pacers, when he had 27 points and 10 rebounds.

The injury got worse after the Mavs' April 1 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, when Parsons scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Parsons played again the next night, but he was clearly hobbled, exiting the loss to the Houston Rockets in the third quarter and did not return. He has not played or practiced since then.

Point guard Rajon Rondo (hyperextended left knee) and reserve swingman Richard Jefferson (jammed toe) will be available Wednesday against the Suns.