NBA rumors: Monty Williams says it was his call to limit Chris Paul

Paul, who suffered a right shoulder contusion in the second quarter of the Suns’ Game 1 win, wasn’t on the injury report Tuesday but played with a thin wrap around much of the shoulder. He played 23 minutes, including just seven minutes in the second half, when he had one point and two assists. “I took him out, that was all me,” Williams said. “Just looking at him holding his arm the way he was holding it, I just couldn’t watch him run like that, trying to make plays. He battled. He’s a warrior, we all know that. I just made a decision to take him out.”

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"He's not able to make the passes he wants. He was laboring tonight," Williams said. "I don't want to get into too many details until I talk to him about it, but you can see he wasn't even running the way he ran and dribbled the ball this morning. We're hopeful it'll get better over the next 48 hours."
Duane Rankin: Jae Crowder said Chris Paul (shoulder) is doing everything he can "behind the scenes" with treatment to be ready for Game 2 tonight. Paul isn't on the injury report as he suffered a stinger in the first half of Game 1 against the #Lakers. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: No Chris Paul on the Suns' injury report for Game 2. LeBron James (right ankle) and Anthony Davis (right shoulder) are once again listed as probable
Paul will do all he can to get his body ready for Game 2. He might watch more Kobe Bryant videos. “I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,” Paul said. “I just kept thinking to myself, ‘Get through the game.’ I got a great team around me, people that help me work on my body and stuff like that all the time, as well as the Suns organization. So, I’ll be all right.”
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams on Chris Paul: "I don't know the particulars of what happened, I just know that he was sore." Said he talked to him just now and CP3 said he's okay and will be okay going forward.
Duane Rankin: Chris Paul is down. It's gotten quiet for sure. LeBron scored on an offensive putback and Paul went down. "M-V-P" chants starting up. He's been down for a minute. #Suns #Lakers.

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He says the only regret he’s ever had in his basketball life is that he wishes he’d taken rehab more seriously after his first major injury, a meniscus tear in 2010. “But as far as the way I play? No. If anybody doesn’t like the way I play, I don’t care. I don’t care. I play that way, and if you don’t like it then …” He trails off, then shrugs. “If I’m not on your team, then don’t pick me. Don’t play with me. That’s all there is to it.”
Tim MacMahon: Mike D'Antoni confirms that Chris Paul will return tonight against the Magic after missing 17 games due to a strained left hamstring. Paul will start, and Austin Rivers will come off the Houston bench.
Tim MacMahon: A source says there is an "almost 100 [percent]" chance that Chris Paul returns Sunday against the Magic. The Rockets managed to go 12-5 in the five weeks that Paul missed with a strained left hamstring.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul out tonight vs. Raptors, D'Antoni said, but likely to return on Sunday.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul remains listed as out for Monday's game in Philadelphia. Brandon Knight upgraded to questionable.
David Hardisty: Chris Paul on his rehab: "I'm doing well. Progressing, trying to get back on the court as soon as possible, continue to listen to my body. As soon as I'm able, I will be out there." Does he have any idea when he will return? "Nope."
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"
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).
Paul Garcia: Coach D’Antoni said Chris Paul will play tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Expect Chris Paul to return tonight, Nene tomorrow for Rockets. D'Antoni availability in about 25 minutes to be sure.

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"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."
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."
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."
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.
Tim Bontemps: Mike D’Antoni confirms Eric Gordon will start for Chris Paul.
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: 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.

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