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Rockets star Chris Paul will not play Saturday vs. Jazz

Chris Paul

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will not play in his team’s game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

Paul made his return from a strained hamstring last Sunday against the Orlando Magic and has played three games overall since coming back, but because Saturday evening’s matchup with the Jazz is the second half of a back-to-back, Paul will sit.

The 33-year-old has not missed a beat since getting back on the floor, and in Friday night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, Paul finished with 20 points, six assists and three rebounds over 29 minutes, going 8-of-13 from the field and burying three three-pointers.

Paul originally suffered his hamstring injury during a loss to the Miami Heat back on Dec. 20, sidelining him for over a month.

On the season overall, Paul is averaging 15.4 points, 7.9 assists, four rebounds and two steals over 32.5 minutes per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 81.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Winston-Salem, N.C. native is in his second season with the Rockets after coming over in a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers during the summer of 2017.

Paul had a spectacular first season with Houston, helping lead the team to a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals before a hamstring issue knocked him out of Games 6 and 7. The Warriors would then go on to win the series and take home another championship.

The Rockets currently own a record of 29-22 and are looking to avoid their third straight loss.