“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.”
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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.”
Anthony Slater: Chris Paul will not play in Game 7, Mike D’Antoni says.
Jenny Dial Creech: ‘I think he’s out.’ Mike D’Antoni on Chris Paul. #Rockets
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.
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.”
Melissa Rohlin: D’Antoni on Chris Paul: “He’s devastated.”
Logan Murdock: Chris Paul just walked in without a noticeable limp.
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.
Kelly Iko: Chris Paul walking rather gingerly but in good spirits #Rockets
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
Chris Mannix: Chris Paul out for Game 6, per Rockets
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.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says Chris Paul will play and Nene will start tonight. #Rockets
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.”
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul listed as questionable to play tomorrow against the Pistons.
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.
Josh Robbins: Rockets guard Chris Paul (groin) will not play tonight, Mike D’Antoni said.
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.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul to play tonight vs. Wizards.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets have not ruled out CP3 for tomorrow. Working out now. D’Antoni said if not tomorrow in Washington Sunday vs. Lakers is probable.
Tim MacMahon: The Rockets’ losing streak stands at three games. The 14-game winning streak seems like a distant memory. The hope is that Houston will get Chris Paul back at some point this week.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says Clint Capela, who missed three of the last four games with a bruised left heel, will start against the Rockets. He confirmed that Chris Paul would not play.
Tim MacMahon: Rockets hope that Chris Paul will be able to play against Boston or Washington in the upcoming back-to-back. He won’t play in both games coming off an injury.
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul will not play tonight against the Thunder. He got in a pregame workout.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni on Clint Capela: “I’m hopeful he’ll play (against OKC). If not, the next game.” On Chris Paul: “Chris is not to far away.” Said Luc Mbah a Moute is “a little bit longer” away. #Rockets
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is doubtful for the team’s Christmas night game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City due to a left adductor strain.
Tim MacMahon: Chris Paul: “I wish I could play tomorrow. God knows I wish I could play tomorrow, but it’s a marathon…. It’s tough, and it’s not just about playing against the Clippers. It’s the way that we’ve been building and getting back out there. And I love to hoop more than anything. That’s my happy place. It’s tough, it’s tough.”
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni also will be able to increase Chris Paul’s playing time limit from 20 to 22 minutes which will probably be 23.
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said even with Mbah a Moute out, he’s holding Chris Paul to 20 minutes. Said if not, Jason Biles would tackle him. Expect Chris Paul to be held to 20 minutes again Saturday in Memphis. After that, and three days between games, TBD.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul listed as questionable. Nene doubtful.
After a light day on Monday with the Rockets off following the back-to-back, Paul is expected to go through a more extense workout on Tuesday and the Rockets’ practice on Wednesday. The Rockets would not decide when he will play until Thursday when they can measure how he responds to the practice sessions and the flight to Phoenix.
The practice was not much of a test of his readiness to return, still not projected until next week. Friday’s practice between games and before a back-to-back was more of a walk-through than a full practice and not as much of a test as his workouts have been. “He got on the court a little bit,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Things are progressing.”
Mark Berman: Ryan Anderson on Chris Paul back on the court and shooting before practice. (Paul getting closer to returning): “It’s awesome. I’m glad to see him out here. I know he’s excited to be out on the court.”
Mike D’Antoni on Chris Paul’s return: “He’s probably rounding second and pretty close to third.” D’Antoni estimated Paul would need “five days or so” of practice once he’s cleared for basketball activities to build up his endurance before returning to game action. “I just hope we can get him back quickly so we can start building on what we really have.”
As Paul and D’Antoni see it, the nine-time All-Star will likely return at some point in t he next two weeks. He has made key progress in the past week, having gone from the boxing and water-treadmill routine that helps maintain his wind to the kinds of on-court activities that typically precede a return. “Um, he’s probably right,” Paul said about D’Antoni’s recent proclamation that he was approximately two weeks away.
“We won’t know really what we look like until I get back out there,” Paul said. “(But) man, I’m learning so much – so much. …I think the biggest thing that we talk about as a team is communication, so we’re trying to make sure we continue to get better and better at that – especially on the defensive end.
D’Antoni, whose offense was second only to the Warriors last season, has entrusted that end of the floor to assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik since last season. But Paul’s view, on that topic and many more, is being heard. “He’s seeing things where we can get better, what we need to do,” D’Antoni said. “A lot of (his feedback) is personnel driven. He knows the league really well, and what works with guys. We talk about plays. We talk about everything. It’s more or less, well ‘We can definitely do this,’ so you file that away. Or ‘we can do that,’ or ‘we need to pick our pace up, and to be able to do that then we can do this…’ We just more or less talk.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul said he still did not have a timetable for his return from a bruised knee, though he did not disagree with Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s guess that Paul could be back roughly Nov. 16, if not a game sooner or later depending on how quickly he progresses once cleared to practice. “Shoot, Coach told me I was going to play tomorrow,” Paul said. “I don’t know. I’m working, getting there. Very tough (to be patient,) very tough. I can only go as fast as they’ll let me.”
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First, you’d have to forgive DeAndre Jordan. Or, more specifically — because if he somehow ends up in a Dallas Mavericks uniform, you, as an MFFL would surely grow to acceptance — first, Mavs management would have to forgive him. [….] Consider it done. The Mavs have, a source tells me, decided to let bygones bygones. And why? Well, they do need a center.
Part of the forgiveness is simply a matter of time healing wounds. In recent days, we’ve already seen one of the grandest “hug it outs” in franchise history as Mavs owner Mark Cuban participated in a make-up session with agent Bill Duffy, an organizational nemesis for a decade-and-a-half, the result of Duffy guiding Steve Nash away from the Mavs and to the Suns. The fact that this time around, Duffy was, sources tell me, a key participant in the NBA Draft night swap that brought his client Luka Doncic to Dallas via a trade with Atlanta, is a miracle of sorts. If the Mavs can reunite with Duffy, they can certainly do so with Jordan — who happens to be repped by agent Jeff Schwartz, who unlike Duffy has always been very Mavs-friendly.
On behalf of his foundation, Emmanuel Mudiay hosted dozens of young basketball players for a camp at the National Basketball Players Association on Saturday in conjunction with Go Hoop Day. He took some time to answer a few questions about the Knicks. Here, he talks about how all the players have a fresh start under new coach David Fizdale: “We’re all kind of starting from scratch. But it’s a positive scratch. It’s big to see that people are actually loving what the front office is doing, loving what the coaching staff is doing. Everybody’s supportive. So that’s a good thing.”
Mudiay was asked if it feels like a ‘new vibe’ under Fizdale. “For sure. It’s like night and day to be honest. You could just see people having confidence in themselves. And Fiz did a great job connecting with the players. Not only him but his coaching staff.” Mudiay plans to spend some time in New York during the rest of the offseason. The NBPA will host camps in New York City with other Knicks, including Tim Hardaway Jr., later this summer.