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Report: Rockets’ Chris Paul out tonight vs. Celtics

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The Houston Rockets will face off against the Boston Celtics inside TD Garden on Thursday night, but it sounds like they’ll be doing so without the services of nine-time All Star Chris Paul.

According to a report from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Paul will be held out of Thursday’s game in Beantown due to the left adductor strain he has been dealing with since Dec 20. Feigen also notes that forwards Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder) and Troy Williams (right knee MCL sprain) will also miss the game due to injury.

Earlier this week, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni stated that Paul could be back in action for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I’m not confident,” coach Mike D’Antoni told the Houston Chronicle. “He wants to (play). Trying to hold him back is hard. We want to make sure he’s 100 percent. I’m confident against the Lakers at home (on Monday) he’ll be back. I’m hopeful for one of these two games, but I don’t want to go there yet.”

“We’re going through a period – we had good luck at first, and now we’re having bad luck,” coach D’Antoni continued. “We just have to deal with it. It’s all part of a long season. We just have to hang in there.”

In his 16 games played for the Rockets this season, Paul has turned in averages of 17.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field (40.8 percent from beyond the arc), 9.0 assists, and 5.4 rebounds — all while knocking down 90.4 percent of his free-throws.

Thursday night’s game between the Rockets and Celtics is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. EST with TNT having live broadcast coverage.

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