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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Chris Paul

Report: Chris Paul ‘trying his best’ for Game 7

Chris Paul injury

Chris Paul may not play in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but it doesn’t sound like it will be for lack of trying.

Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated reported Monday that, with tipoff looming, Paul is still doing everything possible to play despite a hamstring injury.

That doesn’t sound particularly optimistic, but it’s something. As of Sunday, Paul hadn’t tested the hamstring, and while coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t optimistic, he wasn’t ruling anything out. The Rockets are doing everything within their power to at least get Paul on the court, though even if that works out, it’s hard to imagine him being all that effective.

Chris Paul officially questionable for Game 7, has not tested hamstring

Chris Paul injury

Chris Paul’s status for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals will not be determined until close to tipoff, as the Houston Rockets point guard has yet to test it out.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in his Sunday conference call that Paul will be officially listed as questionable, but it may not be until Monday afternoon that a decision is made on his status. Paul is receiving near-constant treatment on his injured hamstring in the hope that he’ll be able to suit up.

In reality, it’s unlikely Paul plays given the nature of the injury that he suffered in Game 5. Even if he did, it would be a big question mark as to how effective he’d be. Houston is probably planning to play the decisive game without him.

Mike D’Antoni on Chris Paul’s status for Game 7 ‘I have no idea’

Chris Paul injury

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.

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.