Paul suffered the injury in the waning seconds of the game after he took a tough floater over the Warriors' Quinn Cook. The All-Star point guard landed awkwardly and he can be seen holding on to his right hamstring upon getting up.
The Rockets were forced to play out the final seconds sans their superstar, but they held on to win the game and move one step closer to the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance since their 1994-95 championship season.
TNT's Kristen Ledlow provided an update after the game, saying that the Rockets will have Paul re-evaluated Saturday and more details regarding the severity of his injury will be released.
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This is a tough blow — an understatement — for the Rockets as Paul's addition injected that much-needed personality within this team. With Paul, James Harden, and Clint Capela all playing together, the Rockets have been extremely difficult to stop.
Paul played 37 minutes in game 5, registering 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. His presence could not have been more important than tonight as Harden had a lackluster showing with 19 points on 5-of-21 from the field, missing all of this 11 attempts from downtown. He also turned the ball over six times.
If Paul is forced to miss Game 6, Harden's playmaking will have to be immaculate within the rowdy confines of Oracle Arena on Saturday night.