Chris Paul’s injury now being called a Grade 2 strain, similar to James Harden’s
It took Chris Paul over a decade to get this deep in the playoffs, and just when he finally made it to the conference finals, he was hit by a mishap that puts his chances of playing in the NBA Finals (if the Rockets make it there) in great jeopardy. The Houston Rockets point guard injured his hamstring late in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, forcing him to sit out both Games 6 and 7 of the series. His absence was felt by Houston in Game 6 last Saturday, when the Rockets lost to Golden State, 115-86.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Paul’s injury was the same injury that Rockets shooting guard James Harden suffered in January, one that kept the bearded superstar out for three weeks.
Chris Paul’s hamstring injury is a Grade 2 strain, per multiple sources. For reference that’s the same injury that cost James Harden almost three weeks back in January. As one source put it, “We tried everything. It’s just not humanly possible.”
Paul’s current predicament puts a huge burden on Harden, who is now left with added responsibility in the backcourt. Before he was taken out by the injury, Paul was averaging 21.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game in the playoffs.
Should the Rockets make it to the NBA Finals, Eric Gordon will inherit most of Paul’s minutes. Gordon has been inserted into the starting lineup in both Games 6 and 7, though that move also means a thinner bench for Houston.
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