Morey: Paul to be fueled by way Rockets’ season ended

Chris Paul of the Rockets will be even more anxious to get back after it after being hurt in Game 5 against the Warriors, according to GM Daryl Morey.

Even though the season ended in frustration for Chris Paul, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes the All-Star point guard will be back, ready to go for next season.

Paul was forced to miss Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, with Houston holding a 3-2 lead, because of an injured right hamstring.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Morey and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni are both optimistic about Paul’s plans. The veteran guard will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, coming off a season in which he averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the blockbuster deal last June.

The injury Paul suffered in the final minute of a Game 5 win over the Warriors will only serve to strengthen Paul’s reserve, Morey believes.

“He took it the hardest, I thought, because he knew if he hadn’t had the unfortunate injury, he’s dragging us the last (way to the Finals),” Morey said.“He’s been there before at those moments and got injured sometimes. Yeah, he took it hard. But you know what, he’ll be back. He’ll be back 100 percent and we’re ready to go.”