Rockets’ Chris Paul exits vs. Heat with hamstring injury, won’t return
The Rockets later announced that Chris Paul was done for the night.
Rockets guard Chris Paul has a strained left hamstring and will not return against the Heat.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 21, 2018
Chris Paul has a history of suffering hamstring injuries. In the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the future Hall of Famer strained his hamstring in Game 5, and missed Games 6 and 7. As a result, the Rockets lost to the Warriors in Game 7 and weren’t able to advance to the NBA Finals.
Entering Thursday, Chris Paul was averaging 16.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. The nine-time All-Star was shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Are the Rockets starting to have second thoughts about giving Paul that massive four-year, $159.7 million maximum contract over the offseason? Paul is making $35.7 million this season. He is owed $38.5 next year and a whopping $41.4 million in 2020-21. CP3 is still one of the best point guards in the game, but he’s getting older and older and his hamstring just keeps getting strained.