As per news in latimes.com Chris Paul of Houston Rockets will miss Game 6 of this best-of-seven series of the Western Conference finals against Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in San Francisco. While Houston is leading the series by 3-2, they have yet another tough match left. If they can score big in Game 6, they could finally become strong contenders for the finals. As of now, it is a tough fight between the two teams.
Houston star, Chris Paul, scoring 20 points alongside six assists was the key to the 98-94 points win in Game 5 over the Golden State Warriors. He managed some impressive three-point shots during the game. However, to Houston’s bad luck, he suffered a right hamstring injury in the last minute of the interesting second half of Game 5. He was taken out of the court, and the team confirmed his injury after an MRI exam on Friday morning.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of Paul’s injury, “Obviously, it’s not something that we wanted.” He added, “I hate it for him, above all. He’s practically won us the last two games”.
Paul was averaging 21.1 points with 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals in the last 15 games of this postseason. While playing for the first time in the conference finals in his career, Paul’s average is a little shy of 20 points with seven rebounds and five assists.
According to denverpost.com, the injury was so severe that Paul lay on the floor immediately after taking a shot in the lane. He could not move quickly from the ground. Even though the Warriors had a 5-on-4 advantage at this point, the Rockets managed to steal victory from them. Their win was cemented when Quinn Cook missed a wide open 3-pointer on the right wing.
The credit for the win goes to Paul, who had already shifted the momentum of the game to his team’s side. He left the court with barely 22.7 seconds left in the game and watched the remainder as he slouched on the bench. He got up only for once during the stoppage time in the match to discuss with his teammates. After this, he moved back to the locker room very slowly and received treatment. He didn’t talk to the reporters post-match.
During the 2015 playoffs, he injured his left hamstring while playing in Game 7 against the Clippers. But they able to defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a splendid shot in the last minute of the match, fighting through the injury. After the injury, he was not able to play the first two of the second round.
James Harden, Rocket’s All-Star guard, said, “It’s tough. It’s tough. We don’t want to just be down on it. We don’t want to be coming and pouting around”. He also added, “We want to keep our same swagger, our same positive energy. We want to feed that to him as well. You know, ‘Be happy, be ready. Get this thing right. Get this thing going, and be back in no time”.
Now James Harden, who hasn’t performed well since the second quarter of Game 4 and missed 20 straight 3-point attempts, may have to do well and lead the Houston’s in the final. With his unimpressive 5-for-21 shooting in Game 5, the road ahead looks quite tricky.