Stefano Fusaro: #Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says it will still be around 2-3 weeks until Chris Paul returns to the team from his hamstring injury. He added that they will be very careful about bringing him back too early.
Mark Berman: Chris Paul meets with the media for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury Dec20: "I'm better than I was in Miami..Mentally I'm getting better." (Asked if he has an idea when he'll return?) "No clue..I'm trying to make sure I'm all the way healed when I come back"
Adam Wexler: #Rockets announce that Chris Paul has been diagnosed with a Grade-2 left hamstring strain. He'll be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks. @KPRC2
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets got reading on Chris Paul's MRI, but not 100 percent certain on grade until more evaluation. Expected to be Grade 2 strain, source said. Looking at 2 to 4 weeks, depending on rehab, etc.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's optimism that Chris Paul's left hamstring injury will cost him only two-to-three weeks out of the Rockets lineup, league sources tell ESPN.
Tim Reynolds: The word on Chris Paul: "It'll be some time," Mike D'Antoni said. MRI tomorrow on the left hamstring.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets guard Chris Paul has a strained left hamstring and will not return against the Heat.
Tim MacMahon: According to info tracked by @Bobby Marks, Chris Paul has twice missed time due to a hamstring injury over last decade. He missed three games in March of last season and last two games of West finals (and would likely have missed most, if not all, of Finals if Rockets advanced).
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul's minutes have increased significantly to 34 per game this season, his most since 2014-15. Last time a point guard age 33 or older average that many minutes was 2009-10 (Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd).
David Hardisty: Rockets assistant Matt Brase said at halftime that the Chris Paul injury creates more opportunity for other guys. "We'll probably see more B-Knight or MCW or something like that coming in to get some extra minutes."
Jonathan Feigen: Expect Chris Paul to return tonight, Nene tomorrow for Rockets. D'Antoni availability in about 25 minutes to be sure.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guards Chris Paul (sore left leg) and Gerald Green (sore right ankle) are questionable to play Monday against the Wizards.
Kelly Iko: Chris Paul says it sounds cliche, but his hamstring injury made him stronger. pic.twitter.com/qG8UeNguDK
"It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker," Gordon said after the Rockets' 101-92 loss Monday night in Game 7. "If we had Chris, if he was out there, we'd have been playing on Thursday. It's just tough."
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni bemoaned Paul's absence when asked about the Warriors' dominance in the third quarters. "That's what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won," D'Antoni said. "They'd make a little run, he'd hit a 3. They make another run, and he makes another play. And you have to have those momentum changers and stoppers, and the last two games, we didn't have them."
Manu Ginobili: Feel bad that a player like CP couldn't be part of game 6 and 7. Awesome competitor and difference maker for HOU. Same for Iguodala but he's been there many times...
Ramona Shelburne: Chris Paul's hamstring injury is a Grade 2 strain, per multiple sources. For reference that's the same injury that cost James Harden almost three weeks back in January. As one source put it, "We tried everything. It's just not humanly possible."
Melissa Rohlin: Steve Kerr on the Rockets being without Chris Paul "He's one of the best players in the league...It's a huge loss for them. That doesn't mean they're not capable."
Connor Letourneau: Chris Paul is out tonight for Game 7. "Everybody came to the same conclusion," D'Antoni said. "There's just no way."
Melissa Rohlin: D'Antoni on Chris Paul: "He couldn't explode, he couldn't push off of it. Not ready. I knew it was a long shot when it happened."
David Aldridge: D’Antoni, on conference call: "I don’t think he’s tested it at all. He’s just getting treatment and making sure it calms down and everything." Says treatment is just about 24/7.
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni on CP3's rehab: "I think it's going good. He looks questionable. I'm sure the team doctors will check him out tomorrow. We might not know until afternoon. We'll play it by ear."
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said Paul was "questionable" the first time he was asked, said "doubtful" later. Clearly, the Rockets won't know until Paul gives the hamstring a real test tomorrow.
Rockets star Chris Paul is receiving treatment "around the clock" on his injured right hamstring and coach Mike D'Antoni hopes it will only be a matter of days before he is healthy enough to play again. The timeline remained unclear whether Paul might be fine to play a possible Game 7 if the Rockets lost Saturday night's Game 6 and had to return to Houston to face the Golden State Warriors again Monday night. Eric Gordon started in Paul's place Saturday at Oracle Arena. "I think he'll play as soon as he can," D'Antoni said before the game Saturday. "It's just not a question of trying to outsmart. He's going to play. As soon as he's able to walk and run, he'll do it. There was no shot at it today."
Tim Bontemps: Mike D’Antoni says Chris Paul will play “as soon as he’s able to.” Doesn’t sound overly optimistic about him being available for Game 7.
Ramona Shelburne: Chris Paul is not playing in this game, but he is dressed. Mike D'Antoni joked with @ESPNRadio there needs to keep a buffer between him and CP so he doesn't get tempted to send him in.
Marc J. Spears: Injured Rockets guard Chris Paul just left the locker room in the team warmups and headed to the bench during intros.
Anthony Slater: Kerr on the Paul injury: "More than anything, I feel bad for Chris. He's been haunted by these injuries throughout his career. It's a shame."
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden said he hung around with teammate Chris Paul until 2:30, "just talking and chopping it up, laughing and talking about life. "We're not here to be down and moping around and sad. We'll be good."
Mark Berman: Eric Gordon on Chris Paul out: "It's definitely tough to recover..but we're going to be ready to play." Says starting doesn't change his approach. "I'm going to continue to attack and take what the defense gives me." #Rockets
Mark Berman: Mike D'Antoni on Chris Paul out: "I hate it for him above all. He's practically won us the last two games." Says Eric Gordon will start. #Rockets
Connor Letourneau: As expected, Eric Gordon will start Game 6 for the Rockets. Chris Paul's status still in flux for a potential Game 7.
Marc J. Spears: The Rockets say guard Chris Paul will miss Saturday’s game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain that occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Warriors. He will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston.
Marc Stein: The Rockets are naturally going to make these announcements one game at a time, because that’s the right thing to do strategically, but the pessimism emanating from Houston about Paul’s ability to bounce back for a potential Game 7 is unmistakable
Alykhan Bijani: Texted a #Rockets source about the chances Chris Paul (hamstring) can play tomorrow in Game 6? The response: "Not great". The team practices at 11:30. We should get an official word shortly.
Marc J. Spears: Just saw injured Rockets guard Chris Paul jump into a Maybach outside the Toyota Center and he said: “I will be all right.” I next asked about Game 6, Paul said: “Oh yeah,” before being whisked away.
Like the rest of the basketball world, the elder Paul had seen this cruel scenario play out too many times before. For the second straight game, Chris Paul had been brilliant in the second half of a taut game against the defending champs and helped Houston pull off a gutty victory. But as has happened throughout his career, an ill-timed injury could cost him and his team dearly. "To get here and have this," Charles Paul said, shaking his head. "It comes with the job. You never know what's going to happen. "Chris doesn't feel sorry for himself. He's like, 'OK, this is what happened. We got to make the best of it.' He'll talk to the players on the team and say, 'Hey, I'm still going to be there, even if I don't play.'"
The Rockets said Paul would be re-evaluated after he gets an MRI on Friday before his status for Game 6 is determined. A team source told ESPN that his hamstring was still "really sore" late Thursday night and that he'd felt "a twinge" after landing on a jumper in the final minute of the Game 5 win. "We'll see," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Obviously you saw him limp off. And he's a tough guy."
Mark Berman: Klay Thompson of if Chris Paul can't go: "It definitely changes things. He made some huge shots tonight, really tough ones, that were kind of deflating times." pic.twitter.com/QHNAUgAXTR
ESPN Stats: Can the Rockets survive if Chris Paul misses time? Houston has a positive points differential this series when Harden is on the court and Paul is off the court.
A source told ESPN that Paul's foot had been bothering him since the fourth quarter of the Rockets' Game 2 win in Houston. However, the Rockets haven't listed Paul on the official injury report during the series, and he had been evasive when asked about his health.
Coach Mike D'Antoni revealed a poorly kept secret after the Houston Rockets' series-tying, come-from-behind 95-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Tuesday's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Chris Paul has been battling soreness in his right foot during the series. "Chris felt better. His foot felt better," D'Antoni said. "I called him after Game 3, and he said, 'Coach, I'm telling you, if I can get my foot right, we'll beat these guys.' Lo and behold, he got his foot right. And just like I said, we're back to even."
"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."
Logan Murdock: Chris Paul on his health: “I’m okay. I’m trying to get treatment and all that and get ready for tomorrow. We’re trying to what we can do to make adjustments to win Game 4.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul returned to practice on Friday and will practice on Saturday in San Francisco with no lingering issues from the soreness he had in his left calf late in Wednesday's Game 2. "His foot was bothering him a little bit," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It shouldn't be a problem. Just normal. Nothing that would sideline him or anything. He's good."
Tim MacMahon: Asked if there is any concern about Chris Paul's leg, which had a wrap on it late in last night's win, a Rockets source texted: "No, he's fine."
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Ariza (rest) is OUT tonight. Paul (leg), Nene (back) are probable. D’Antoni has said since the weekend he expected Paul to play tonight vs Wizards.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul (sore left leg) again listed as questionable for the Rockets vs. Wizards on Tuesday. Nene (lower back pain) upgraded to questionable.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets guard Chris Paul (leg) won't play against the Spurs. "We're erring on the side of caution," coach Mike D'Antoni said, adding that Paul could return Tuesday.
Alykhan Bijani: OUT for the #Rockets Eric Gordon (knee) Chris Paul (hip) Nene (back) IN: Luc Mbah a Moute Trevor Ariza Gerald Green to start tonight.
Adam Wexler: #Rockets Capela (Thumb), Harden (Rest) & Mbah a Moute ( Knee) are OUT: Paul (Hamstring) is probable vs. Bulls
Tim MacMahon: Plan is for Chris Paul to rest tonight vs. Pistons. Only way he plays is if insists. Listed as questionable with left hamstring soreness, but this is more precautionary. With 4-game lead and tiebreaker over wounded Warriors, the Rockets can selectively rest core vets down stretch
Rockets guard Chris Paul, who is listed as questionable to play Thursday against the Pistons with a sore left hamstring, played with some soreness on Tuesday and labored after the game-clinching offensive rebound in Portland, but said after the game he was fine and would not need to miss any time. “I’m cool,” Paul said. “I’m good. I’m good. I'll be fine.” Asked if he would miss any time, Paul said, “No, no, no, no. I’m fine.”
Mark Berman: For those who thought Chris Paul might have suffered a leg injury, Mike D'Antoni told the media in Portland Chris says he's fine.
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni confirmed that Chris Paul will play tomorrow vs. Clippers. CP3 will get a vet’s day off from practice today.
Jonathan Feigen: Paul said he was being too cautious with his sore groin. "I told (D'Antoni) I was tripping. It was my fault they were coming back. All game I wasn't really trusting what I had going on. I was like, 'That's enough." Three straight mid-range jumpers followed.
Paul Garcia: Chris Paul will play tonight against the Spurs per Coach D’Antoni. No minutes restriction. Eric Gordon won’t play tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Don't think Chris Paul's groin soreness can be considered serious. D'Antoni said Paul "worked out hard today. We'll try to get him ready for the games coming up."
Jonathan Feigen: I asked D'Antoni if Chris Paul would have a minutes restriction tonight. "No more than 48, I think." He was joking. Plans to keep Paul to 25 minutes or less.
July 23, 2021 | 5:54 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Today’s @Spotify Greenroom discussion about Kawhi Leonard was based on what I reported last Friday via Substack: https://marcstein.substack.com/p/bucks-cp3-got-what-they-wanted There are teams that no longer make the blanket assumption that Kawhi will stay with the Clippers and plan to pursue him if they get the chance.
After multiple reports suggested Lillard could ask out of Portland, he clarified last week that such rumblings were inaccurate. Simmons, currently the only All-Star known to be shopped by his team, is also unlikely to land with the Warriors. The 76ers are asking for a massive haul that includes an All-Star-level player. Per a league source, Golden State wouldn’t be willing to give up what it would take to get Simmons.
They might be better off zeroing in on a smaller move. A league source recently told The Chronicle that the Warriors are interested in packaging the Nos. 7 and 14 selections for a starting-caliber player, not necessarily an All-Star.
JD Shaw: Point guard Jeremiah Martin has committed to Vegas summer league with the Knicks, source tells @HoopsRumors.
Davion Mintz has become the first Kentucky men’s basketball player to reach an agreement with a shoe company during the name, image and likeness era of college athletics. While we’ve seen other players partner with smaller brands and companies – Dontaie Allen signed an apparel deal with The Players Trunk, while Kellan Grady partnered with iSlide for exclusive UK sandals, among others – Mintz announced a partnership with Reebok on Friday to become the first to UK player with a major shoe company agreement.
The partnership is expected to be an off-court deal, as NIL rules state players are not allowed to sign competing on-court apparel deals with rival companies. With Kentucky being a Nike school, Mintz’s partnership must be limited to time away from basketball.
July 23, 2021 | 5:30 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Denver Nuggets forward JaMychal Green has declined his $7.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.