On Thursday night Houston Rockets managed to get a 98-94 win against the Golden State Warriors in front of their home crowd and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Still, that win didn’t come without a price. Rockets announced on Friday morning that their point guard Chris Paul will miss the Game 6 of the series, after suffering a right hamstring strain in the final minutes of Game 5. According to the announcement, Paul will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston from their trip to Oakland.
“It’s obviously not something we wanted,” – said Rockets’ coach Mike D’Antoni on Friday morning. “I hate it for him above all. He’s practically won us the past two games. But it’s a great opportunity for other guys, and we have plenty to choose from. We’ll be ready.“
Asked by reporters whether Chris Paul might be ready for Game 7 in case Rockets don’t close out the series in Game 6, D’Antoni responded: “I don’t know.“
.@CP3 will miss Saturday’s game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain.
He will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston. pic.twitter.com/5gAdYas3Vo
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 25, 2018
Chris Paul was a key player for the Houston Rockets in the series against the Warriors and has led them to wins in last two games. In Game 5, Paul managed to hit some tough shots when Rockets needed points the most and overall helped the team with his leadership. During the Western Conference Finals Paul has been averaging almost 20.0 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
“Obviously Chris has been playing extremely well,” – said his teammate James Harden. “Hopefully [he will have] a speedy recovery, which I know will happen. There’s an opportunity, like all year long, for guys to step up and take advantage of an unbelievable opportunity.“
In the Golden State Warriors corner, Andre Iguodala has been struggling with a knee injury and was forced to sit out Game 4 and 5. He is listed as questionable for the upcoming game.