Gators in the NBA: Parsons breaks through for Memphis

Chandler Parsons, PJ Tucker, Ryan Anderson
Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons, center, drives between Houston Rockets forwards PJ Tucker (4) and Ryan Anderson (33) in the second half of an NBA game in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Something lost in all the Bradley Beal ejection news last week was Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons scoring his highest point total (24) as a member of the Grizzlies in a 103-89 win over the Rockets on October 29.
Parsons was actually booed by the home fans in Memphis in the season opener on October 19 after he missed back-to-back free-throws.
A performance like the one against Houston is maybe more of what fans expected when Parsons was signed to a max contract last year.

Parsons has played in eight out of ten games this season for the Grizz (6-4) due to not being cleared to play on back-to-back nights (knee).
And although Parsons is averaging well below his career average in points, assists and rebounds in his seventh year, his production is right on par with his career average, taking into account his lower usage rate in Memphis.
This week Parsons had a season-high six assists against the Magic and stuffed the stat sheet against the Clippers with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
Around the NBA, Wizards forward Bradley Beal has gone on an absolute scoring tear since his scuffle with Draymond Green last week.
Beal averaged 38 points on 57 percent shooting in Washington’s (6-4) three games this week in matchups against the Suns (4-6), Cavaliers (4-6) and Raptors (5-4).
For the season, Beal is averaging 25.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists, and his 40-point outing against the Suns was the fifth time the Wizards guard has scored 40 points or more in his career.
Celtics center Al Horford averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds in four games this week as the Celtics (8-2) continued their winning streak that is up to eight games.
The most competitive game for Boston came against Billy Donovan’s Thunder (4-5) in a 101-94 win for the Celts where Horford scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists.
Horford also helped Boston end a 10-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs this week with a 108-94 home win against Popovich’s team.
Orlando forward Marreese Speights had 18 points for the Magic (6-4) in their 115-99 win against New Orleans (5-5).
Speights connected on a career-high six 3s during a 22-6 Magic run that put the game away for Orlando. He also tallied five rebounds and three assists on the night.
Lakers forward Corey Brewer has played in all 10 games this season for Los Angeles (5-5), but his impact on the floor hasn’t been immediately apparent on the stat sheet.
Brewer is averaging about a quarter’s worth of minutes this season and averaging 1.8 points. But for everyone who has watched Brewer play, they know his impact on the court is measured on his defensive effort, leadership and hustle plays.
Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (knee) was a full participant in Monday’s practice and is on track to be activated for Tuesday’s matchup with the Wizards, Earl K. Sneed of reports. Finney-Smith has played in five games this season before his injury and averaged about 15 minutes a game when he was healthy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Boston Celtics
Al Horford (C)
Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons (F)
Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Orlando Magic
Marreese Speights (F)
Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F)