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Mike D’Antoni expects Chris Paul back ‘in a week or so’

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni expects his prized point guard Chris Paul to return “in a week or so,” according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The dime maestro was seen in a purple sports coat, cheering on his team from the bench during the first part of TNT’s Thursday night double-header against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paul has been absent since playing the season-opener against the Golden State Warriors due to knee soreness, which dated back to the preseason. D’Antoni has been anxious to get him back with the Rockets and work out the chemistry with the rest of the starting unit.

Despite Chris Paul’s absence, the Rockets are sitting pretty atop the Western Conference, now in a four-game win streak after toping the Cavs in a bar-measuring outing.

Houston has played very similarly to last season in Paul’s absence, making the most out of an iso-heavy James Harden and riding his great performances to victories — but the inclusion of Paul will have a definite change on dynamic as another primary ball-handler as well as being another mouth to feed at the scoring end of the ball.

Chris Paul’s return should also pay dividends for the Rockets on defense, as one of the best on-the-ball defenders, despite his height disparity at a mere 6-foot.