An awkward landing and hamstring injury removed Chris Paul from the court during the Houston Rockets’ Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors, and the earliest report isn’t a promising one.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, a Rockets source said Friday that Paul’s hamstring isn’t feeling good.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t optimistic about the injury immediately after Game 5, and the limited-to-no improvement overnight could be discouraging for the team.

After all, CP3 has played a leading role in his squad taking a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Paul scored 18 second-points to guide Houston past Golden State 98-94 on Thursday, and he netted 27 points in the Rockets’ Game 4 win. Paul said he’ll be alright, but Houston fans surely are concerned.

This report doesn’t mean CP3 won’t be available for Games 6 or 7. However, the best-case scenario appears that Paul will be dealing with a nagging injury in a potential series-clinching game (or two).

And with a motivated Warriors team on the other side, any limitation could be hugely problematic for CP3 and Houston.

David Kenyon
Writer for Sportsnaut and Bleacher Report, mostly covering college football as well as the NFL, NBA and college basketball.