Report: Rockets’ Paul could miss month with knee ailment

Rockets point guard Chris Paul will not play in Houston’s home opener Saturday night against the Mavericks, as the nine-time All-Star is dealing with a sore left knee.

Paul was limping heavily during the Rockets’ opening night win versus the Warriors and he sat out the next game given that it was a back-to-back.

The 32-year-old finished with four points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in his debut and was clearly hampered by his knee ailment.

“It’s only a bump,” Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters Friday. “It’s not a tear or something like that. It’s a bruise. We just have to make sure he’s 100 percent the next time he plays. I don’t think there’s concern. All indications are he should be OK.”

While the Rockets are downplaying Paul’s injury, the New York Times is reporting that Paul could miss a significant amount of time.

As the Houston Chronicle notes, Paul bumped knees with Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers Oct. 11 in Memphis.

The Rockets have started the season 2-0 and will look to make it three straight when Dallas comes into town.

If Paul does in fact need an ample amount of time to recover, star James Harden will see his usage rate go right back to what it was last year when he was the primary ball handler and offensive generator for Houston.