Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Everyone’s Freaking Out About What Chris Paul Just Did

Everyone’s Freaking Out About What Chris Paul Just Did

The Rockets say Paul's strained right hamstring will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6.

James Harden, who has struggled offensively in the past two games and went 0-for-11 on 3-pointers in Game 5, rolled his eyes when asked if Paul's injury puts more pressure on him.

If the Golden State Warriors are anxious as they head into Game Six of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren't showing it.

But now he will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury. His 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four three-pointers in Game 5 were the difference in getting Houston the series lead. Houston (65-17) and Golden State (58-24) finished with the top records in the National Basketball Association, while Boston (55-27) and Cleveland (50-32) finished just behind their Western Conference foes.

"It will not change anything we do and how we do it", D'Antoni said, although he noted the rotation could expand to eight or nine players.

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It would seem that under this circumstance, D'Antoni should still absolutely start Paul but then see how the game is flowing.

Should the Warriors win Saturday, Game 7 will be Monday back in Houston.

"I hope he's healthy", Trevor Ariza said Thursday night, before the Rockets had ruled Paul out. "Injuries happen and we've just got to play with whoever is out there". But under the lights in the Toyota Center with the world watching, Cook missed an open three that would have given the Warriors the lead, and perhaps the win. He's practically won us the past two games. As Rockets fans cheered and the Warriors pushed the ball up the court, Paul made eye contact with Curry and pointedly shook his shoulders.

The Houston Rockets earned a thrilling Game 5 victory on Thursday, moving one win away from The Finals with a 98-94 triumph over the Golden State Warriors.

After a 56-56 tie through the first 24 minutes, the Warriors used a typically strong third quarter to take out the Rockets 119-106 and snatch homecourt advantage in the series opener.

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