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Rockets’ Chris Paul knows he’ll eventually shake off shooting slump

Rockets, Chris Paul

The Houston Rockets notched their eighth straight victory on Sunday in a tight encounter against Southwest rivals, the Dallas Mavericks.

Rockets veteran point guard Chris Paul had another horrid shooting night in the 94-93 win, going 2-of-11 from the floor. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old did not appear to be concerned with his recent shooting slump.

“Hopefully, other teams might start leaving me open,” Paul said, via Jonathan Feigen of Texas Sports Nation. “Eventually, I’ll hit them. I’m not worried about it.”

As Feigen points out, Paul has gone 5-of-29 over his last three contests, which is good for a miserable 17.2 percent shooting clip. The 6-foot guard’s struggles from the floor has been well documented throughout the entirety of the season, as he is currently averaging a career-low 41.2 percent shooting on 12.3 attempts per game.

Nonetheless, the most important thing is that despite his struggles, the Rockets have gone on an incredible run of late that has propelled them to the third spot in a ruthless Western Conference. Moreover, despite his uncharacteristic shooting slump, Paul’s combined +/- rating over the past three contests is actually a +23. This only proves that while he has not been very efficient with his shooting, he has found other ways to help his team emerge victorious.

With their recent surge, the Rockets are now 41-25 and are just two and a half games behind the second-seeded Denver Nuggets. Houston still have 16 games remaining in the regular season and at the current rate they’re going, you wouldn’t bet against them taking the second seed (or better?) once it is all said and done.