HOUSTON – Rocket's Starwatcher Chris Paul's status for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals is being called into question for a right thigh muscle injury.
James Harden scored 5 for 21, and Chris Paul suffered a thigh injury, but the Rockets held game 5 and set the Warriors 48 minutes before elimination. Paul left Houston's 98-94 Game 5 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the last minute Thursday and received extensive post-game treatment, leaving the Toyota mid-midnight.
"I'll be fine," Paul told Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated as he left the arena. When asked about Game 6 on Saturday, Paul said, "Oh yeah."
The Rockets will update Paul's status after receiving further treatment on Friday morning.
"We'll see [if he can play Game 6] It's rated Tomorrow, but obviously you saw it choppy and he's a tough guy," said coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni. "They'll do what they can, if he's there, great, good for him, if not, then we'll have enough people, it's time for someone else to get up … We'll be fine, we just have to [Paul] Paul Paul received a treatment on his injured right thigh bone after the game, and coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni said Paul would be rated on Friday. AP Photo / David J. Phillip
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Paul scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to help Houston 3-2 series lead. He also had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Paul has been dealing with pain in his right foot since the end of Game 2. He said the pain has significantly decreased between games 3 and 4.
Paul has been pushed aside by an Achilles tendon injury on four occasions during his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His shortest absence due to an Achilles tendon injury were two games that took place against the Rockets during the Western Hemisphere 2015 when he starred for the Los Angeles Clippers. A thigh injury injured Paul in January 2012 five games, seven games in December 2016 and January 2017 and three games in March this season.
"Of course there are concerns," said striker Trevor Ariza. "I hope he's healthy, I hope he gets better, and if not, somebody else has to do and do what we did all year, come in and try to help this team."
The Rockets managed to go 15-6 in games this season, which Paul missed when they probably had MVP guard James Harden and thriving star center Clint Capela. Houston has surpassed the Warriors by 11 points in the 47th minute in the final of the West, Harden is down and Paul is resting.
"When a man goes down, it's the next man's turn," said Rocket striker PJ Tucker. "It's part of the game, we did it all year long."