The Houston Rockets will have to continue to play shorthanded as ESPN's Tim McMahon has confirmed that guards Chris Paul and Brandon Knight will not play tonight against the Toronto Raptors.
Rockets guards Brandon Knight (knee) and Chris Paul (hamstring) have both been downgraded from questionable to out vs. Raptors tonight. As Mike D'Antoni said this morning, Paul is likely to return Sunday vs. Magic.
Paul hasn't played with the Rockets since December of last year, and while he's been cleared to return to the line-up, Houston is most likely taking precautionary measures to make sure that the former All-Star is 100% good to go.
As for Knight, he has struggled to find consistent minutes with the Rockets. He's obviously still recovering from the knee surgery he underwent last year and has only played in 12 games this season.
The Rockets will rely heavily on reigning MVP James Harden yet again. Austin Rivers will also be available to play, but he hasn't been productive as of late despite being given a ton of minutes. PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon might also be tasked with ball handling duties.
Aside from Paul and Knight, the Rockets are also going to be without starting center Clint Capela.