Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Rockets’ upset hopes hang on Chris Paul's hamstring

Rockets’ upset hopes hang on Chris Paul's hamstring

Regardless, if the Rockets lose Game 6 and head back to Houston for Game 7, they'll need their superstar point guard back on the floor. Friday morning, the Rockets announced that Paul will miss Saturday's game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain.

It came with significant cost, however, as point guard Chris Paul suffered a right hamstring injury in the final minute. James Harden had a rough shooting night as he finished with just 19 points in five of 21 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with six assists while Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench. Steph Curry lead all scorers with 35 points (18 in the third quarter). Instead, Kerr has had to use Quinn Cook, who ended up missing a pivotal 3-point attempt in the closing minute of Game 5.

"We're extremely confident, as usual, from top to bottom", Harden said.

It would seem that under this circumstance, D'Antoni should still absolutely start Paul but then see how the game is flowing. If the Warriors force a Game 7, it will be held Monday night in Houston. Mike D'Antoni has a big decision to make: Is it really worth even risking CP3 in Game 6 on the road in a game the Warriors are favored by -10.5?

No one on the Rockets played more of a role in Houston's two consecutive wins than Paul. The Rockets take great pride in the fact that they've limited Golden State to less than 100 points in the last two games and think continuing to play great defense is the only way they'll advance.

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But team medical staff officially ruled the former Clipper out this afternoon, handing defending champions Golden State a potential lifeline as they face elimination at the Oracle Arena this weekend.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets went 15-9 (.625) without Paul in the lineup in the regular season and 61-12 (.836) with him.

Despite the loss and facing elimination, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he wasn't anxious.

"We take it game by game, position by position, try to compete our butts off and give ourselves the best chance". Now the Rockets will have to go on without him for at least one game.

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