Chris Paul‘s spent the first month of the NBA season dealing with a knee injury that’s kept him on the sideline. The team is hoping for a return on Thursday.
The Houston Rockets have been without Chris Paul for their last 13 games, and the team is hoping to have him back for their contest against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Paul, who played 33 minutes in the season opener, has ramped up the intensity of his rehab process, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Even with that, the organization doesn’t want to do anything too rash.
“We don’t want to push it,” said Mike D’Antoni on Tuesday. “If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday (in Memphis). He worked out hard (Sunday). We’ll see how he feels Tuesday and Wednesday. (Thursday’s game) is what we’re shooting for.”
Houston, who’s 11-3 on the season, is in the midst of six-game winning streak and sits atop the Western Conference. James Harden hasn’t missed a beat, and his MVP-caliber play translated to the new year. He’s averaging a career-best 30.2 points a night and is leading the NBA with 10.2 assists per game. Additionally, he’s shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from three.
Eric Gordon and Clint Capela have risen to the occasion, producing more than expected without Paul in the lineup. Gordon is also putting up the best scoring mark of his career at 22.9 points a night; Capela’s become much more dominant on the glass (11.5 boards a game) and is the league leader in field goal percentage at 69.6.
The Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors on opening night 122-121. Chris Paul shot 2-of-9 from the floor and totaled four points. He added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Once Paul returns, Houston’s primary concern will be assimilating him without losing the momentum they’ve gained.
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