OAKLAND, California – Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed sympathy for star guard Chris Paul of Houston Rockets, who is down for a tense right Achilles tendon for Game 6 of the Western Conference.
Paul, a 13-year-old veteran who had never come to the Conference Finals, played an important role in positioning the Rockets to defeat defending champion Warriors on Saturday night. But his availability for the rest of the series is dubious because of the injury he suffered in the last minute of the Rocket's Game 5 win, adding to Paul's frustrating history of playoff injuries.
With Chris Paul out there, the Rockets have to rely even more on James Harden. But will it be enough?
Warriors striker Andre Iguodala missed Game 6 against the Rockets, the third consecutive game in which he has been stranded for a leg injury.
Can the Rockets win without CP3? Are KD-Isos bad for the warriors? We answer the biggest questions for Game 6 of the West Finals.
"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris," Kerr said before Game 6 at the Oracle Arena. "The guy is a phenomenal player and rival and has been pretty much on his team in the last two games, he's been hit only by such injuries in his career and it's a shame I hate anyone being hurt."
This is the third time in the last four postsason Paul has been paused by an injury. The LA Clippers split the first two games of the 2015 Western Semifinals against the Rockets, while Paul recovered from a thigh injury but lost the series in seven games. Paul broke his hand in Game 4 of a Series 2015 series against the Portland Trail Blazers, who came back from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate the Clippers in six games.
Paul traveled with the Rockets to Oakland so he could tell players Mike D. Antoni of Rockets he thought it was important that Paul be with the team and provide moral support.
• ESPN prediction: Can Celtics, Rockets cling?
• Can Rockets defeat warriors without CP3?
• Trevor Ariza is easy to miss, but should not be
big questions in the Eastern Final
• The mourning for Kyle Korvers playoff run
• 13 moments that shape LeBron's story
• NBA Offseason Guides for Retired Teams
• Tickets for Vivid Seats
"Our doctors are here so he can get the same treatment and he does not want to miss that," said D & # 39; Antoni. "I mean, he spent his entire career being here and he's very responsible for being here, so he has to be here."
"I'm sure, deep inside – he'll keep it a bit – – but he's devastated, he must be, we're all devastated for him, at the same time we'll gather and do what's right
The Rockets did not exclude Paul for a possible 7-game, but hamstring usually takes at least two weeks to heal this process, but he can not run at this point.
"He will play as soon as he can," said D & # 39; Antoni. "He'll do it as soon as he can run or run, there was no shooting today, then we'll see going forward, but he's getting treatments around the clock, you never know, the body heals at different rates, and we will see what happens. "