Rockets guard Chris Paul

As the Houston Rockets start to turn their season around and guard James Harden plays like a man who wants another MVP, the team received some good news on Thursday about All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

Paul spent some time on the court before Houston’s practice on Thursday — going through a workout and putting up some shots before his teammates took the floor. It’s a step in the right direction for Paul, but head coach Mike D’Antoni said Paul is still two-to-three weeks away.

Paul has been out since mid-December when he suffered a grade-two hamstring strain and the team announced he would be re-evaluated in two weeks.

It’s clear Houston’s All-Star point guard is likelier to return towards the end of January rather than in the middle of the month. Given the delicate nature of hamstring injuries and how often they have caused problems for Paul, the Rockets are likely to exercise extreme caution bringing him back.

Now that the Rockets are back in the playoff picture after a disastrous start to the season, the sense of urgency to bring CP3 back should be lessened. Hopefully, he is able to return to the court in a significant capacity before the All-Star Break.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection