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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Chris Paul

Chris Paul takes jab at Andre Iguodala after Rockets beat Warriors

Chris Paul Rockets

The Houston Rockets have shown this season that they are not intimidated of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, and Chris Paul let that be known after leading his team to another win over its Western Conference rival on Saturday.

Houston staved off a late comeback attempt from the Warriors to win 118-112. It was the third time the Rockets have emerged victorious in three meetings between the teams this season, and Paul wasn’t exactly quiet about it. He took a shot at Andre Iguodala after the game.

“What did [Andre Iguodala] say about the series last year? If he would have played, they would have swept us? Then he must be the X-factor,” Paul told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “That’s the punchline you needed, right?”

The Rockets had a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last year, but they ended up losing the series after Paul was unable to suit up in Game 6 and Game 7 because of a hamstring injury. Houston players couldn’t help but feel like they would have made it to the NBA Finals if Paul didn’t get hurt, though Steve Kerr and others on the Golden State side had a much different opinion, as Iguodala also missed several games in the series with an injury.

Regular season games mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but the Rockets should have plenty of confidence if they face Golden State again in the postseason. As long as CP3 can remain healthy, they’ll have as good a shot as any team of knocking off the NBA’s best.

Watch: Draymond Green lays out Chris Paul on screen

Draymond Green

Draymond Green got Chris Paul really good on Saturday night.

Just before halftime of the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets game, Green screened Paul around midcourt and knocked the guard to the floor:

Paul got up slowly from the blindside hit and was holding his ribs afterwards.

The screen from Green helped the Warriors make a spectacular play just before the half as Andre Iguodala had a layup to beat the buzzer.

They may have to draw a chalk outline on the floor for where Paul’s body was after that screen.

Watch: Chris Paul yanks down LeBron James’ arm

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul and LeBron James may be good friends off the court, but CP3 showed his buddy no love on it.

Just before halftime of the Houston Rockets’ game against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Paul made a controversial move on James. LeBron was driving and put up a shot in the paint that missed. James and Paul then battled for the rebound, with the much smaller guard yanking on LeBron’s arm:

James was on the Staples Center floor afterwards cradling his left arm. He was helped up and then went to the free throw line.

Maybe that was incidental contact by Paul, but it’s not like we haven’t seen him pull off dirty plays before.

Rockets may hold Chris Paul out on back-to-back games

Chris Paul Rockets

The Houston Rockets are pleased to have Chris Paul back in the mix, but they’re not going to go overboard with him at first.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said on Friday that CP3 will probably sit out Saturday’s game against Utah because the team is hesitant to have him play games on consecutive days.

Paul missed 17 games with a hamstring injury and finally returned to action on Sunday. Friday’s game at Denver marked his third since returning. Houston has gone 1-1 since he’s been back.

For the season, the 34-year-old point guard is averaging 15.3 points, 8.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Chris Paul expected to return for Rockets on Sunday

Chris Paul Rockets

The James Harden tour of individual dominance may be coming to an end.

The Houston Rockets expect to have Chris Paul back on Sunday against the Orlando Magic. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says it’s almost 100 percent that CP3 will return over the weekend.

Paul has been out since injuring his hamstring on Dec. 20 — his latest in a long line of hamstring injuries. The 33-year-old guard’s absence led James Harden to go crazy offensively. The reigning league MVP has averaged over 44 points per game in January with Paul out.

The Rockets won five in a row after Paul got hurt but have gone 7-5 since. Though Harden’s scoring may go down, he will probably welcome the help carrying the load.

Chris Paul, Daryl Morey mock referees for horribly blown call

Kevin Durant out of bounds

Chris Paul and Daryl Morey took aim at the referees for a horribly blown call in overtime of the Houston Rockets’ win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

The Rockets came back from down by 20 points early in the second half to win 135-134 in overtime on an improbable James Harden 3-pointer. Harden’s Rockets wouldn’t have even been trailing in the game if not for a horribly blown call.

The refs didn’t call Kevin Durant out of bounds even though he so blatantly was, which allowed him to save a ball and send it to Stephen Curry, who made a shot to break a 132-all tie. Durant even took multiple steps while out of bounds.

The unbelievably blown call was noted by Paul, who is out with a hamstring injury, and the Rockets’ GM. Both made references to “Bird Box,” a Netflix movie where people wear blindfolds.

Joel Embiid also made note of it.

There is no excuse for blowing a call that badly. It’s up there for one of the most badly blown calls we’ve seen in a long time, and we’ve seen some truly awful calls.

Chris Paul called for technical foul from Rockets’ bench

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul may not be playing for the Houston Rockets, but he’s finding ways to affect the game.

Paul was called for a technical foul during the second quarter of the Rockets’ game against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. TNT did not share any details about what Paul had done, but he was seen sarcastically cheering afterwards.

The referees seemed to be making a point to Houston. Over the next few minutes, they called Mike D’Antoni for a technical foul for complaining about a call and Clint Capela got a tech for hanging on the rim following a dunk.

Paul injured his hamstring a week ago and is expected to miss at least another week. He’s making sure the refs don’t forget about him even while injured.