Dwyane Wade’s impressive shot at the buzzer to beat the Warriors was the talk around the NBA on Wednesday night, and even Wade’s buddy Chris Paul chimed in with a funny tweet.
Paul saw Wade’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 126-125 win over Golden State and told him he better not do the same thing on Thursday night.
— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 28, 2019
That’s because CP3’s Rockets will host Wade’s Heat in that one. While Miami is 27-33 and 10th in the East standings, the Rockets are 36-25 and fifth in the West. Houston can’t afford many more losses while trying to secure some sort of homecourt advantage, so Wade will have to save his magic for another time.
Wade had one of his best games of the season. He put up 25 points on 10/17 shooting, including 5/8 on threes. Even at 37 and on his farewell tour, D-Wade can still bring it sometimes.
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.
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:
Dray just DESTROYED CP3 pic.twitter.com/lkHGmVV2Jh
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 24, 2019
Paul got up slowly from the blindside hit and was holding his ribs afterwards.
Draymond Green pancake blocked Chris Paul on the final play of the half. CP3 is holding his ribs on the left side as he slowly walks to the locker room.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 24, 2019
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.
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:
Chris Paul seems to rather unnecessarily yank down LeBron James’ arm here…… pic.twitter.com/EqBKSPye41
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 22, 2019
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.
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.
Rockets guard Chris Paul will "probably" sit out Saturday night in Utah, coach Mike D'Antoni said. Houston is hesitant to have Paul play both ends of back-to-backs, particularly so soon after returning from a hamstring strain.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 2, 2019
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
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.
A source says there is an "almost 100 [percent]" chance that Chris Paul returns Sunday against the Magic. The Rockets managed to go 12-5 in the five weeks that Paul missed with a strained left hamstring.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 26, 2019
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
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.
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 4, 2019
Some NBA officials are not great at this pic.twitter.com/KH3qxWHh2H
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 4, 2019
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.
So we doin the #BirdBoxChallenge during NBA games now huh
— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 4, 2019
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) January 4, 2019
Joel Embiid also made note of it.
Lmao how do you miss that??????
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 4, 2019
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.