Houston Rockets star Chris Paul was ruled out of Game 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Finals due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Now, a timetable has been released for Paul’s return.
According to a live game report from TNT’s Kristen Ledlow, in the event that the Rockets reach the NBA Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul is expected to suit up and play in Game 3.
Chris Paul is OUT for Game 7.
I’ve been told if the Rockets advance to the NBA Finals, @CP3 “could be ready” for Game 1.
But, the expectation is to be ready by Game 3. #WCF
— Kristen Ledlow (@KristenLedlow) May 29, 2018
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is slated to tip off on May 31, Thursday. Game 3 will be on June 6 in the Cavs’ home court.
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, prior to Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, noted the severity of Paul’s injury. As per Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
“There was just no way,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Everybody came to the same conclusion. There was just no way.”
“I’m sure he’s way down and devastated, but like us all, he’s probably excited for the game, to get the win and get him back and we’ll go on,” D’Antoni said.
“He couldn’t explode off it, couldn’t push off of it,” D’Antoni said. “Just not ready. I knew it was a long shot from when it happened. Just nature’s got to take care of it. It’s going to be a little bit.”
Starting today, Paul will approximately have two weeks of rehab for his hamstring.