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- Rockets starting small forward Chandler Parsons (strained right calf) will miss his fourth consecutive game Friday, but reserve wing Carlos Delfino will return to Houston’s lineup after missing the last four contests with flu-like symptoms. “I don’t think [Parsons] is quite ready to play tonight,” coach Kevin McHale said. “He didn’t fight it too badly when I told him he wasn’t playing, which usually means he could use another day or so.”
- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said guard Jarryd Bayless (sore right knee) will be available after missing the last two games. Darrell Arthur (sore back) is a true game-time decision.
- Memphis is the only team to prevent Houston guard James Harden from attempting a free throw in a game this season. Harden’s seven-point output in the Grizzlies’ 103-94 victory March 29 at FedExForum was his second-lowest scoring total as a Rocket. Hollins, who like Harden is left-handed and played his collegiate ball at Arizona State, said he is confident he could have held his own against Houston’s star if the two could have somehow matched up during the prime of their careers. “Harden is obviously a much better scorer than I ever thought about being,” Hollins said. “It would be a nice challenge to go out and compete against him when we’re both in our same prime. I for sure know I’m quicker than him. He wouldn’t want to guard me either.”
- The Rockets (44-34) have won 13 consecutive meetings with Memphis in Houston, where the Grizzlies (53-25) have not been victorious since April 15, 2006.
– Matt Miller