The Rockets will be without a vital player in tomorrow’s huge Game 6.
Chris Paul is officially out for Game 6 after straining his hamstring late in a huge Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors. This is a huge blow for a team that is just one win away from the NBA Finals.
CP3 has been fantastic for the Houston Rockets in this series, especially the last two wins. He made big shot after big shot in last night’s win after starting the game off poorly.
Paul missed around 20 games to start the season with another hamstring injury. Hopefully, this one isn’t quite as bad. Also, the stakes are much higher now than the regular season, obviously.
The look on CP3’s face after the injury should have told us immediately that he’d be out for Game 6. Let’s hope he can get back for a potential Game 7, should the Rockets still not pull it out.
James Harden has to step up
The Beard will need to make his presence known for the Rockets in Game 6. He was pretty bad on offense in Game 5, going just 5-21 from the field and he’s missed quite a few 3s in a row dating back to last game.
Harden is due for a big game, and it will be required if the Rockets want a chance against the champs in Oakland without Chris Paul.
James has been pretty good on defense during his struggles, though. That has been a huge plus and he made several game-changing plays last night.
2015: CP3 vs. the Spurs
In 2015, Chris Paul was also struggling with a hamstring injury. In fact, he injured it in the first round during Game 6 against the Spurs.
He still managed to play in Game 7 quite well, to say the least:
Reminder of what @CP3 did after his 2015 hamstring injury: Played through it in Game 7, had 27/6 (on 69% FG!) and the epic winning shot over Duncan. Sat first two games of next round, then averaged 21/10 per game on 49% FG, 40% on 3s, and only 2 turnovers.https://t.co/wzSmJtZTvV
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) May 25, 2018
Let’s hope this situation can be similar. The Rockets will need him should it come down to a Game 7.
Don’t count out these Rockets yet, though. Last season, the Rockets managed to beat the Warriors during the regular season IN ORACLE ARENA with a James Harden led, no Chris Paul team. Completely different circumstances, yes, but this team still has plenty of talent.
Let’s seal the deal and finish off the defending champs.