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Rockets PG Chris Paul still has no idea when he’ll return from his hamstring injury

Chris Paul

Houston Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul still has no idea when he’s going to return from his left hamstring injury. Paul suffered the injury on Dec. 20 against the Miami Heat in South Beach. The Rockets have gone 9-4 since then.

In 26 games this season for the Rockets, Chris Paul is averaging 15.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. The nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer is shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Paul, 33, signed a lucrative four-year, $159.7 million maximum contract with the Rockets in July. The 13-year-veteran is making a whopping $35.6 million this season and his annual salary is only going to increase after this year.

In the 2020-21 season, Chris Paul will make $41.36 million. It’s a dollar figure some Rockets fans are very concerned about because Paul is very injury prone. CP3 has a history of suffering hamstring injuries. The injury Paul suffered in the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors probably cost the Rockets a trip to the NBA Finals.

Reigning MVP James Harden has been on an absolute tear since Chris Paul went down. Harden is averaging a staggering 43.2 points in the 13 games Houston has played without Paul.

If the Rockets are going to go far in the 2019 postseason, though, they need Paul to be at 100 percent so Harden’s body doesn’t break down like it has before due to such a high usage rate in the regular season.