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Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul is working every angle to try and play in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but is likely not going to be able to suit up due to his injured hamstring — according to a report from ESPN.
Paul strained his hamstring in the final minute of Game 5 and was forced to miss Game 6 in Golden State. The Rockets jumped out to a 17 point lead, but without Paul, couldn’t sustain their offensive flow and ended up losing 115-86.
Even though Game 7 will be on their home floor, the Rockets are going to have a tough time closing out the Warriors without Paul. The All-Star guard was playing great defense on Stephen Curry while also scoring and facilitating at a high clip.
The Rockets remain confident they can get the job done without Paul, but understand it’s going to take a full team effort to knock off the defending champs.
“Nothing changes for us,” Harden said after Game 6. “We know what we have to do. do.We still confident. We’re a confident group and we’ve just got one chance. It’s an opportunity, though, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of. Game 7 at our house. That’s what we worked the entire regular season for, is home-court advantage. We’re going to come out and we’re going to be ready.”
Added Rockets forward PJ Tucker, “Obviously we want to have him. He’s one of the best point guards in the league, but if he doesn’t play, we’ll figure it out. We’re going to do what we’ve got to do to win this game. The five guys on the floor and whoever else is playing, we’re going to roll. It’s what we do. It’s what we’re built for.”