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Friday, November 22, 2019

Chris Paul

Eric Gordon could see bigger role if CP3 can’t play

The Houston Rockets’ big win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday was tempered somewhat by the late injury that star guard Chris Paul suffered, but it sounds like they already have a plan in place in case he misses time.

Paul was injured in the final 30 seconds of the Rockets’ 98-94 victory in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals series when he appeared to hurt his right hamstring on a floater attempt and was unable to finish the game.

Speaking with reporters afterwards, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni did not sound particularly optimistic about Paul’s status and said that the nine-time All-Star was not in good spirits, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.

D’Antoni also said that Rockets guard Eric Gordon would shift into the role of playmaker in the event that Paul missed time, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

Gordon, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, scored 24 points in the win on Thursday and is now up to 18.2 points a game for the series. He has come off the bench in every single game however, and the Rockets don’t usually use him as much of an initiator. Still, Gordon used to average four-plus assists a game for the LA Clippers back in the day, so he at least has it in his arsenal.

Watch: Chris Paul exits Game 5 after aggravating injury

Chris Paul injury

Chris Paul had a look of determination on his face throughout Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. It was like only an injury could knock him out of the game. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.

Paul missed a floater with just under a minute left in the game and hurt himself in the process.

CP3 was unable to get back for the Houston Rockets’ defensive possession and eventually was subbed out with 22.4 seconds remaining in the game. He had been playing well before that point and had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Not only has Paul dealt with hamstring problems, but he also has had a foot injury during this series. The good news is the Rockets pulled out a 98-94 win to take a 3-2 series lead on the Warriors. Game 6 will be on Saturday, but CP3’s status will be a huge question.

The team will provide an update on the status of his right hamstring on Friday.

Watch: Chris Paul trolls Steph Curry with shimmy

Chris Paul shimmy

Things are getting personal in the Western Conference Finals, and Chris Paul is in the middle of it.

During the third quarter of Game 5 of the Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors playoff series on Thursday, Paul put the moves on Steph Curry and made a basket while being guarded by the two-time MVP.

As they headed down the court, CP3 wanted to make sure Curry knew that he had just been bested and did Curry’s shimmy move to him.

Curry seemed to grin in response.

Between what CP3 did and what Steve Kerr did in the second quarter, the mind games are strong in this one. Nothing like some great trash talk to take a series to another level.

Many fellow NBA players seemed to enjoy it.

Chris Paul says foot feeling better was ‘huge difference’

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul’s foot injury may have been a bigger deal than the Houston Rockets were letting on.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday that CP3 had told before the game that his foot was feeling well.

Paul was asked about his foot after the game and said it feeling better made a “huge difference.”

Paul was seen icing his lower leg late in Game 2 of the series and had what was described as “soreness” entering Game 3. Games 2 and 3 were his worst of the series statistically, while he played well in Games 1 and 4. The numbers certainly seem to say that Paul is not lying.

Watch: Chris Paul dishes sweet assist to PJ Tucker

Chris Paul assist

PJ Tucker had it going in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, and he had Chris Paul to thank for some easy looks.

During the second quarter, the Houston Rockets were on a fastbreak. CP3 then did an awesome fake and swung a pass out to Tucker, who buried a wide open 3-pointer.

Tucker had 14 points in the first half on 5 of 6 shooting. Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza also stepped up by making most of their shots to help Houston grab a 64-50 lead over Golden State at the half.

As for CP3, well he only had three points, but he added five assists, including that nice one.

Watch: Chris Paul nails Kevin Durant with total cheap shot

Chris Paul elbow

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets got off to a chippy start.

Not only did Draymond Green get called for a technical foul 67 seconds into the game and probably deserve another or two, but Chris Paul and Kevin Durant were getting into it. CP3, who can be dirty on the sly at times, nailed Durant with an elbow and avoided a call.

Beyond that, there was some trash talk between the two. Durant was saying that the Rockets and CP3 can’t guard him. Paul told Durant to “play ball.”

12 matchups to watch in the NBA conference finals

James harden

After an unforgettable offseason and regular season, the highly anticipated NBA playoffs have lived up to expectations. Could this league get any hotter?

The Cavs looked like they were dead, then LeBron James shifted into god mode. Now their title hopes look as strong as they have all season. The injury-riddled Celtics have far surpassed expectations, defeating two teams that appeared to have more talent, including three of the league’s brightest young stars (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid).

In the West, meanwhile, the two best teams have cruised. We now get to see the matchup fans have anticipated all season: Warriors versus Rockets.

With the conference finals getting underway this weekend (Cavs-Celtics Sunday afternoon, Warriors-Rockets Monday night), here are 12 matchups that could very well dictate which teams end up as the final two standing.