Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who missed the final seconds of Houston’s win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday due to an apparent right hamstring injury, will be re-evaluated Friday.
Coach Mike D’Antoni said to reporters postgame that Paul is “worried” about his status. The Rockets beat the Warriors 98-94 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
“We’ll see (if he can play Game 6 on Saturday in Oakland, Calif.),” D’Antoni added. “He’ll be evaluated tomorrow. They’ll do whatever they can do. If he’s there, great. If he isn’t, we have enough guys. … We’ll be all right.”
Should Paul be unavailable, Eric Gordon would inherit the point guard role, D’Antoni said. Gordon scored a team-high 24 points off the bench Thursday.
Paul was hurt while driving the lane with just under one minute to play. He didn’t head back on defense on the subsequent possession, and he was limping as he came out of the game with 22.4 seconds to go.
Paul missed all seven of his first-half field-goal attempts but went 6-for-12 after halftime to finish with 20 points. He added seven rebounds and six assists.
The 33-year-old veteran is averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the playoffs. Paul averages 18.6 points, 5.4 boards and 7.9 assists in the regular season.
–Field Level Media