Player News - Rockets

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Coach Mike D'Antoni said he's "worried" about Chris Paul (right hamstring) playing in Game 6 on Saturday.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow," D'Antoni said. If there is good news on this, it's that it's not a left hammy issue because that is the leg that gave him problems during this season. Based on how distraught CP3 looked as he went to the locker room after the game, it would almost be a shock to see him out there for Game 6, and maybe he can play in Game 7. Eric Gordon and James Harden will both have to play lights out.
May 25 - 12:20 AM

James Harden struggled in a 98-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 5, making 5-of-21 from the field for 19 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers in 39 minutes.

It was an absolutely brutal game and now Harden has missed 20 treys in a row, including 11 misses tonight to tie him with John Starks in 1994 for most 3-point attempts without a make in a playoff game. Harden is going to have to play better in the rest of this series because of Chris Paul (hamstring) likely being limited or out. He may also have to see more Andre Iguodala (leg). Even though the Rockets have a 3-2 lead, you could argue they're the underdogs to win this series unless we get good news on CP3.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

Eric Gordon scored 24 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He made some big plays on both ends late in this game. Moving forward, coach Mike D'Antoni said Gordon could be looking at a play-making role while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. Nothing is official yet on CP3, but for now we're expecting Gordon to post huge numbers in 36-42 minutes in Game 6 on Saturday.
May 24 - 11:58 PM

P.J. Tucker scored eight points with nine rebounds and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He was the key piece on defense with strong play on the perimeter and around the basket. Before the game, coach Mike D'Antoni said he wanted to dial back Tucker's minutes, but that didn't happen too much after his 44-minute Tuesday. He'll be playing a ton on Saturday and could get more shots if Chris Paul (hamstring) is banged up.
May 24 - 11:55 PM

Chris Paul hurt his hamstring late in the fourth quarter on Thursday and did not return.

This is not good. Paul was grabbing his right hammy after he fell down, but he had a wrap over his left hammy on the bench. His left hamstring was the bad one this season and CP3 looked upset on the bench, so this is troubling news and could keep him out. Worst yet, CP3 saved the day with a strong second half, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and four 3-pointers. Expect several updates in the next day.
May 24 - 11:31 PM

Chris Paul had been dealing with pain in his right foot since Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, but he doesn't plan on taking any time off.

"It's about as good as it's going to be right now," Paul said. "But for us, it's not about that. It's about going out there and getting stops and making big plays when we needed to." CP3 looked off during Game 3 when he didn't get his first shot to fall until the third quarter, but he was crucial in Houston's Game 4 win with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and acknowledged he was feeling much better. He's still not quite 100%, but he's determined to continue to fight through the pain.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 10:02 AM

Chris Paul hit a monster 3-pointer and finished with 27 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and five 3-pointers on 10-of-20 shooting as the Rockets beat the Warriors 95-92 in a thriller to tie their series at 2-2 in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Paul helped the Rockets go on a 25-12 run to end the game and was the most amped player on the court when it was over, but he curiously made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining that left the door open for GSW, but Steph Curry's open look at the buzzer was off target. After Curry led the Warriors to a 34-17 rout in the third quarter it looked like this game, and series, were over, but the Rockets pulled off a miracle. James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points in the win and Game 5 is in Houston on Thursday night.
May 22 - 11:35 PM

Chris Paul downplayed the left calf issue on Monday and confirmed that he'll be ready to go for Tuesday's Game 4 in Golden State.

"I'm OK, I'm OK. Trying to get treatment and all of that and be ready for tomorrow," said Paul. When asked specifically what he's dealing with, Paul replied: "No, I'm cool. Just trying to figure out what we can do to make adjustments to win Game 4." CP3 did not look 100% during Sunday's Game 3 loss, and he was seen getting worked on early in the game while he was on the bench, but obviously, this won't be an issue that forces him to miss any game-time action.
May 21 - 5:01 PM

Clint Capela played only 22 minutes in Game 3, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds (four offensive), one assist and one block.

Capela opened the game with a pair of easy buckets at the rim, but Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense held him at bay after that early flurry. The Rockets really struggled in the first half with 10 turnovers and 14 missed shots in the paint, including a ton of layups, and Mike D'Antoni opted to go small to claw back from a double-digit deficit -- it didn't work. Capela's rim protection was sorely missed when he was out of the game, and it will be interesting to see what D'Antoni does in Game 4 -- Capela had played at least 27 minutes in every playoff game prior to tonight.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

Chris Paul needed 16 shots to score 13 points on Sunday, making five of his attempts with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes.

CP3 battled soreness in his lower right leg during Game 2 and may not have been 100 percent, but he was playing without any medical restrictions. He began the game 0-of-6 from the field and didn't score until the 2:59 mark in the second quarter, and much of his production came with the game out of reach in the second half. Game 4 looms large on Tuesday, giving Paul one day to regain his rhythm.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points on Sunday, adding nine assists, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in a blowout Game 3 road loss.

Golden State closed the first quarter on an 11-0 run, then opened the second half with another 10-0 spurt to claim a 21-point lead. The Rockets never got within single-digits after that and wound up losing by 41 points, which was the largest margin of defeat in franchise playoff history. Harden made 7-of-16 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, but he also committed four of his team's 19 turnovers. The Rockets will need much more from their MVP to even the series at 2-2 on Tuesday.
May 20 - 10:42 PM

Eric Gordon shot 4-of-13 with a pair of 3-pointers during Sunday's loss, scoring 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

Gordon checked in early and logged 31 minutes, but couldn't duplicate his playoff career-high 27-point eruption from Game 2. P.J. Tucker also cooled off with six points, six boards and zero defensive stats in 33 minutes, Trevor Ariza had six points on 2-of-6 shooting, and the result was a 126-85 shellacking in Oracle Arena. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said afterward that his team "played soft" tonight, and they'll only have one day to regroup before Game 4.
May 20 - 10:41 PM

Mike D'Antoni said he'll "trust" Luc Mbah a Moute in the Rockets' rotation despite his recent struggles.

Mbah a Moute is a combined 1-of-11 from the field in the Conference finals, including multiple missed shots at the rim, and he played only seven minutes in Houston's Game 2 win. "I'll stick with him and trust him because he deserves that," D'Antoni said. "He's one of the reasons why we're here and we won 65 games." Even if he's in the rotation, he'll likely be on a short leash in Game 3.
May 20 - 7:40 PM

Chris Paul has no lingering issues from the soreness he experienced in his left calf late in Game 2.

Paul was seen limping slightly in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over the Warriors, and had an ice pack on his lower leg at the end of the game. However, he is good to go for Sunday's Game 3. "His foot was bothering him a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It shouldn't be a problem. Just normal. Nothing that would sideline him or anything. He's good." Paul also told reported that he's "all right."
May 19 - 1:20 PM

Chris Paul was dealing with "some soreness" late in Game 2 on Wednesday, but has been cleared to practice on Friday and Saturday.

Paul was seen with a large ice pack on his lower left leg while sitting on the bench late in the fourth quarter of Game 2, but it appears it to be only a minor injury. As Rockets reporter Jonathan Feigen tweeted out on Friday afternoon: "'Some soreness' is not an issue, especially if [Paul] is cleared to practice for two days. If it were an issue, they would definitely hold him out now since the game is not until Sunday." CP3 should be ready to rock in Game 4.
May 18 - 1:06 PM


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