Mike D’Antoni is not revealing much about Chris Paul’s status ahead of Game 7.
D’Antoni’s Houston Rockets lost 115-86 to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday to force a Game 7 on Monday night in Houston. The big question entering the game has to do with CP3’s status.
Paul injured his right hamstring at the end of Game 5 and was unable to play in Game 6. After the Rockets lost, D’Antoni was asked about Paul’s status for Game 7.
“Not thinking about it because I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “I have no idea. I wasn’t pre-med. The doctors … they’ll tell me. I have no idea.”
D’Antoni also said that he wouldn’t reveal Paul’s status until closer to game-time on Monday. The likelihood is that he won’t be able to make a miraculous recovery. One report has said the Rockets are not optimistic about CP3’s status.
The Houston Rockets have to find a way to win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals without Chris Paul on Saturday. And if they’re unable to do that, they may be faced with the same dilemma in Game 7.
On Friday, the Rockets announced that Paul will not play in Game 6 and will be evaluated further when the team returns to Houston. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, there is already “pessimism” surrounding Paul’s status for Game 7 if it becomes necessary.
The Rockets are naturally going to make these announcements one game at a time, because that’s the right thing to do strategically, but the pessimism emanating from Houston about Paul’s ability to bounce back for a potential Game 7 is unmistakable https://t.co/u0NJHnGfaE
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 25, 2018
Paul did not seem all that concerned about his hamstring injury on Thursday night, so the fact that he was ruled out so quickly is alarming. The Rockets are calling the injury a strain, but reports have indicated CP3 was in pain when he woke up on Friday.
Considering he has played some of his best basketball of the season over the past two playoff series, Paul’s injury could not have come at a worse time. He’s averaging 19.8 points against Golden State at a time when James Harden is battling through a historically bad shooting slump. Houston’s ability to overcome adversity is going to be tested Game 6 and possibly Game 7.
Chris Paul said after his team’s big win on Thursday that he expected to be fine for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, but his hamstring injury was apparently more serious than he thought.
On Friday, the Houston Rockets announced that Paul will not play in Game 6. The point guard has been diagnosed with a hamstring strain and is listed as day to day.
Rockets announce that Chris Paul is out for Game 6 due to a right hamstring strain. He will be-evaluated when the team returns to Houston.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 25, 2018
One report indicated that Paul was in pain when he woke up on Friday morning, so the Rockets can only hope the injury is not something that will affect him long-term. Either way, it must be somewhat serious if CP3 is missing a potential series-clinching game that could send Houston to the NBA Finals.
Paul battled a left hamstring injury during the regular season, but the latest injury is to his right hamstring. He appeared to suffer it while landing awkwardly on a floater attempt late in Game 5.
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul sounds like he’s facing an uphill battle to play in Game 6.
Paul injured his hamstring late in Houston’s Game 5 victory over the Golden State Warriors, but a team source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Friday morning that Paul was in pretty bad shape after a night to rest.
"Not good," a Rockets source replied to a text asking about Chris Paul (hamstring) feels this morning.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 25, 2018
Paul anticipated that he’d be alright for Game 6 immediately after Thursday’s contest, and perhaps he will end up being right. The fact that he’s apparently still suffering as of Friday morning, however, is a bad sign. It may be more likely than not that he has to sit out at least one game.
Stephen Curry got a taste of his own medicine during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night when Chris Paul shimmied in his face, but the two-time NBA MVP is not offended.
Curry has been known to shimmy after hitting big shots, and CP3 mocked him over it after the Rockets point guard hit a big 3-pointer late in the third quarter.
Hold up Chris Paul DID NOT JUST SHIMMY IN STEPH’S FACE!!! pic.twitter.com/Dn2Uzqm114
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 25, 2018
When reporters asked Curry for his thoughts on being taunted, he said he had no issue with it.
Steph Curry on Chris Paul's shimmy "If you can shimmy on someone else you have to be okay getting shimmied on" pic.twitter.com/WcHetKIusP
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 25, 2018
“It was well deserved,” Curry said. “It was a tough shot. If you can shimmy on someone else, you gotta be alright getting shimmied on. So I’ll keep shimmying and maybe he will too. We’ll see what happens.”
Paul’s play in the series is one of the biggest reasons the Rockets are up 3-2, though there is some concern over an injury he suffered in the final minute of Game 5. Assuming CP3 is healthy, we likely haven’t seen the last of his friendly rivalry with Curry.
Chris Paul is dealing with yet another hamstring injury, but the Houston Rockets star does not expect it to cost him any time in the Western Conference Finals.
Paul left his team’s Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors in the final minute on Thursday after he tweaked his right hamstring. He appeared to injure it on an awkward floater attempt. After the game, the point guard expressed optimism about his availability for Game 6.
Just saw injured Rockets guard Chris Paul jump into a Maybach outside the Toyota Center and he said: “I will be all right.” I next asked about Game 6, Paul said: “Oh yeah,” before being whisked away.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 25, 2018
Paul battled a left hamstring injury during the regular season, and he had a similar ailment during the 2015 playoffs with the Clippers. This is not the first injury he has dealt with in the Western Conference Finals, but CP3 has played extremely well and is one of the main reasons the Rockets have a 3-2 series lead. If he’s unable to play on Saturday, Eric Gordon will likely have an expanded role.
Chris Paul officially is dealing with another hamstring injury.
Paul did not speak with the media after the Houston Rockets’ 98-94 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 on Thursday night because he was receiving treatment on his right hamstring.
The Rockets point guard injured his hamstring in the final minute of the game and had to be replaced with just over 20 seconds left.
CP3 goes down after the floater attempt pic.twitter.com/vWVyB5dtR5
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) May 25, 2018
The Rockets have said that they will provide an update on Paul’s status on Friday.
Paul battled a left hamstring injury during the regular season. He also had a left hamstring injury during the 2015 playoffs with the Clippers. CP3 worked through a sore foot earlier in the Western Conference Finals and is a big reason why his team leads the series 3-2. Eric Gordon could see a bigger role if Paul is unable to play in Game 6 or 7.