Primarily due to the awe-inspiring play of James Harden, the Houston Rockets have been able to stay afloat with All-Star guard Chris Paul out of action.
Paul, 33, has missed the past 13 games with a hamstring injury. Despite seeing his Rockets post a 9-4 record during that span, Harden simply can’t do it on his own. Now that Clint Capela is out for up to six weeks, that’s magnified even further.
In talking about his return to the court, Paul sounded a bit optimistic. Though, the future Hall of Famer also noted he has no idea when he’ll be able rejoin the Rockets.
“I’m doing well. Progressing, trying to get back on the court as soon as possible, continue to listen to my body,” Paul said Thursday. “As soon as I’m able, I will be out there.”
When asked is he knows when he’ll be able to return, Paul responded “nope.” Hamstring injuries are a heck of a thing. They can drag on. And if a player returns before he’s 100 percent, a setback is more likely to occur.
What we do know is that Paul’s importance to the Rockets is well known.
- Since joining Houston last season, the team boasts a 66-17 record with Paul on the court. It’s just 24-19 with him sidelined.
- Harden needs a running partner. Sure he’s put up 55-plus points in each of the pas two games. But none of those buckets were assisted on. Houston also lost Wednesday against Brooklyn with Harden dropping 58.
- Injuries have been an issue for Paul in recent seasons. He’s missed 42 games to injury since joining the Rockets. This makes him less reliable.