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Sunday, May 19, 2019

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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.

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

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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.