Report: Chris Paul out vs. Clippers on Friday
Last night, the Houston Rockets had their 14-game winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Lakers with a 122-116 loss at Toyota Center. Unfortunately, the Rockets are going to have to try to start another winning streak on Friday night without the services of star point guard Chris Paul.
According to a tweet on Thursday morning by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Paul has officially been ruled out for the final game of Houston’s seven-game homestand on Friday against the L.A. Clippers.
Rockets guard Chris Paul (adductor) is out tomorrow vs. Clippers.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 21, 2017
Paul had to leave Wednesday night’s game early in the fourth quarter due to what was originally labeled as a sore left leg, which made people concerned that his left knee injury had flared up again. However, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni ruled Paul’s left leg injury as a strained left adductor and was unsure of his status going forward.
Despite Rockets superstar guard James Harden’s seventh career game of at least 50 points when he dropped a game-high 51 points on the Lakers, Houston was unable to overcome a great Los Angeles team effort led by rising star rookie forward Kyle Kuzma.
Kuzma, who finished with a career-high 38 points on just 12-of-17 shots from the field, was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field in the first half. Lakers forward and former Rockets player Corey Brewer came off the bench to score 21 points while rising star rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots on the night.