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Friday, February 22, 2019

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Report: Rockets not optimistic about Chris Paul playing in potential Game 7

Chris Paul Rockets

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.

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.

Rockets announce Chris Paul will miss Game 6 with hamstring injury

Chris Paul injury

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.

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.

Report: Chris Paul hamstring status ‘not good’ after Game 5 injury

Chris Paul injury

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.

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.

Steph Curry says Chris Paul doing shimmy on him was ‘well deserved’

Chris Paul shimmy

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.

When reporters asked Curry for his thoughts on being taunted, he said he had no issue with it.

“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 says he will be ‘alright’ for Game 6 despite hamstring injury

Chris Paul Rockets

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.

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 receiving treatment for right hamstring injury

Chris Paul injury

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.

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.

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.