NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Full Series Preview and Analysis

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Mar 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) compete for a loose ball on the floor during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

 Walking Wounded:

Los Angeles:

Chris Paul – appeared to pull his hamstring in the first half of Game 7 versus the Spurs. He returned to the game and hit a quarter ending 3-point shot as well as the game winning score. He is listed as questionable as the cat and mouse game begins. Doc Rivers said he couldn’t say whether Paul would dress for Game 1. But, Houston have to prepare with the thought he will be in the line-up. Given Houston’s starting point guard Patrick Beverley is also out and the Rockets will counter with Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni, you have to believe if CP3 is even 60% he’ll suit up.

James Harden on if Chris Paul is out: He's their leader, but nothing changes for us. We got to still go out there and play hard."

— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 3, 2015

The results of Chris Paul's MRI were negative. He's still a game time decision.

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 3, 2015

Glen Big Baby Davis: Returned to play after turning an ankle in Game 6. Assume he’ll be available for Game 1 Monday

Jordan Hamilton: Hasn’t played in the post season after suffering a concussion

Houston:

  • K.J. McDaniels injured his wrist in what was reported as a likely fracture in the final game of the season
  • Donatas Motiejunas Out for season (back).
  • Patrick Beverley  Out for season following surgery to repair torn ligaments in his wrist. Beverley has said he’ll be back, but wanting something to be true and forcing it to be true are two different things.

Next: What do you have in reserve?

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