Once again, age rears its ugly head towards Chris Paul.
Not only did the Houston Rockets see their winning streak end against the Miami Heat Thursday night, but they also lost Chris Paul to a hamstring injury. Needless to say, he did not return to last night’s game after the fact.
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But head coach Mike D’Antoni did provide an update for us after the game.
“It’ll be some time,” D’Antoni told AP’s Tim Reynolds following his team’s 101-99 loss. Before leaving the game, Paul put up four points and assists apiece in just 12 minutes of action. When he doesn’t suit up, the Rockets are 0-5 without him this season. They’ll have to figure that out quickly if they are to return to a similar form as last season.
After a rough start to the campaign, the Rockets were starting to get their act together. They’re still just 16-15 and only eighth out West, but they had won five straight entering last night’s contest. Plus the West is a big, competitive mess right now. Despite their slow start, the Rockets are just two games out of 4th at the moment.
Up next, they’ll take on the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at home. In 26 games this season, Paul is averaging 15.6 points, 8.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.