Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors will be facing a shorthanded Houston Rockets team in Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals. Kerr commented on Chris Paul’s absence, noting that the Rockets are still capable even without him.
As reported by Melissa Rohlin of the Bay Area News Group, Kerr said:
“He’s one of the best players in the league…It’s a huge loss for them. That doesn’t mean they’re not capable.”
Steve Kerr on the Rockets being without Chris Paul "He's one of the best players in the league…It's a huge loss for them. That doesn't mean they're not capable."
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) May 28, 2018
In the dying seconds of their Game 5 win, Paul suffered a strained hamstring as he went up for a floater. He missed Game 6 — a game which the Warriors won. Despite the off time, Paul’s hamstring wasn’t able to recover in time for Game 7.
As reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said almost everyone said that it is just impossible for Paul to suit up for Game 7:
“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.
D’Antoni added that Paul just couldn’t get power from the right leg.
“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.”