However, their one main weakness is their lack of depth at the wing position. READ NEXT: Ben Simmons Stuns Everyone by Shooting Jumpers vs. Clippers, Chris Paul Injury Update: Little Optimism on Rockets Star’s Timeline, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. This summer, that help — Austin Rivers, Kenneth Faried, Iman Shumpert, Gerald Green and Danuel House — could all fetch bigger contracts as free agents. Chris Paul - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA. Mentally I’m getting better.”. We know what he’s doing is insane. Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury, and we detailed the latest info and updates on his timeline for return. Houston forced six Golden State turnovers, resulting in 11 points the other way in the Rockets' favour. Chris Paul signed a 4 year / $159,730,592 contract with the Houston Rockets, including $159,730,592 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $39,932,648. Chance to steal Game 5 with a chance to then close out at home. James Harden stood, camouflaged head to toe, in the middle of the visitor’s locker room in Sacramento. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. The Rockets-Warriors series has been a close one. It would still be great. Big man Steven Adams is as consistent as ever, almost averaging a double-double, scoring 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. That list includes Magic and Nash, Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Bob Cousy and Stephen Curry (in no particular order). With the news that this was a hamstring strain, there’s little question that Paul will miss some time. LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets stand for the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 21, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Watch this and tell me Harden wanted the ball to decide the game. Only Magic Johnson can claim as many points and assists per game over a career. He got to the free throw line to start the fourth quarter and sunk both attempts. This run James Harden has been on, well, it’s never been done before. Paul proceeded to explain that he doesn’t think the hamstring injury will be a situation where it’s “nagging” over time which is obviously good news. Winners and losers from the 2019 WNBA Draft, The Whiteboard: For Dwyane Wade, greatness will never fluctuate, 5 best performances of the 2018-19 NBA season, Rockets' Mike D'Antoni Released from Hospital After Intestinal Virus Diagnosis, Nylon Calculus: Age-related comparisons for every NBA playoff team. They won’t have the top seed like they did last season, but everyone can see that the Rockets are back. Beating this version of the Warriors would forever cement Houston’s legacy. NBA Playoffs 2019: Everything that’s on the line for Chris Paul, James Harden and the Houston Rockets . It sure would be nice to have someone like Paul. On the ensuing possession, he hit a turnaround midrange jumper, giving him 11 points in just over five minutes from when Durant checked out. Houston needs to preserve him for the playoffs while mitigating risk factors up to that point. For these Rockets, it was just another day. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman think they can cause some upsets in Orlando. Paul has been the leader, orchestrating the team while averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 assists. It’s worth noting that Atkins did say the guard dislikes discussing injuries with the media, but that he expanded at least a bit on it. The Warriors outrebounded the Rockets 42-39 (12-8 on the offensive glass) courtesy of a huge spark provided by Kevin Looney. (SMG). In 38 minutes on the court, en route to his 11 points, he shot 3-of-14 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc (both of which are 2019 postseason lows). The OKC Thunder remains the dark horse. Paul’s outlook hasn’t improved and he doesn’t sound overly optimistic about an immediate return to the floor. In 2016, we saw what beating a peak Warriors team can do to someone’s legacy, but even LeBron hasn’t beaten these Warriors with Durant. This performance was a continuation of what Paul has been doing ever since the Rockets traded him to the Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook last summer. Win or go home. You cannot give less effort to get the ball. window.gdprTextData = {"buttonText":"I Agree","cookiePolicyLink":"http:\/\/www.nba.com\/news\/privacy_policy.html#Cookies","cookiePolicyLinkText":"Cookie Policy","privacyLink":"https:\/\/www.nba.com\/news\/privacy_policy.html","privacyLinkText":"Privacy Policy","termsOfUseLink":"http:\/\/www.nba.com\/news\/termsofuse","termsOfUseLinkText":"Terms of Use","text":"NBA sites use cookies and similar technologies. It matters. Despite his offensive struggles, the Rockets were still in the game and James Harden had a lot to do with that. Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series. While the memories of last season’s playoffs weigh heavily in the heads of Rockets fans, hamstring issues are something Paul has dealt with throughout his career. If he wins a ring, he would separate himself from the Nash/Stockton/Cousy crowd and vault into the top five. Kellerman said that the team is blessed with four All-Star caliber players and also has Steven Adams, who is an underrated big man in the league. Danilo Gallinari arrived with Shai in the Paul George trade and is continuing his form from last season. Despite his offensive struggles, the Rockets were still in the game and James Harden had a lot to do with that. Chris Paul Injury! No Durant. Despite those extra shots from the rebounds, the Warriors also outshot their opponents. He is averaging 19.2 points per game. In 2020-1, Paul will earn a base salary of $41,358,814, while carrying a cap hit of $41,358,814 and a dead cap value of $41,358,814. His floor generalship has been a big factor in their performance. Warriors vs Rockets Game 5 2018 NBA Playoffs May 24, 2018 警告:視頻禁止轉載!!! 警告:視頻禁止轉載!!! -----(All clips property of the NBA. It makes sense, then, that the Rockets prioritize health and “swag” over a top seed. But veteran Chris Paul, along with young star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, have shown they mean business. "When it gets to clutch time, fourth quarter, some people (are) built for it. From the time Durant left till the end of the game, Curry scored 16 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc with two assists and two rebounds. ROCKETS is a registered trademark of the Houston Rockets LLC. Seven seconds or less didn’t result in a championship, and so D’Antoni pivoted and traded for Shaquille O’Neal. The Warriors have plenty to play for. The bill for Harden and Paul in 2021 gets even more expensive, as they are each set to earn $40 million-plus. Johnson dies in bicycle accident, Tilman Fertitta values continuity in replacing Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Rockets to hold second interview with Stephen Silas on Friday, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. They are playing their best basketball as the postseason is about to begin, and that’s the way it ought to be. Last summer, they exchanged veterans Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute for cheaper, younger help. With no timeline announced so far for Durant's return, can the Warriors close this series out in Game 6 or will the trend of home wins continue, forcing a Game 7 back at the Oracle Arena? But when it has been tight in the fourth quarter, the Thunder have prevailed. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. D’Antoni could break the thing– the ultimate version of the thing — he had an indirect hand in building. 3 clips. Some of that may be an intuitive course correction after a hungover start to the season, but it’s also true that Harden, Paul and the rest of the Rockets have gotten better as the season has gone on. On top of that, next season is when Harden’s max extension kicks in, adding more than $7 million to the books. He was named to the All-Defensive team nine times. After trading away Russell Westbrook and Paul George, it seemed like they would tank. Paul gets more expensive as he ages. If we’re not playing well and our swag isn’t where it needs to be, it doesn’t matter what seed we get.”. Tucker (who has played the seventh-most minutes in the league, and most of those minutes involve him trying to keep much bigger players away from the rim), Eric Gordon is 30 and Harden will turn 30 this summer. ); NBA PLAYOFFS: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series. NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Hunting for Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, Stephen A. thinks the Thunder will be a big threat in the playoffs | First Take. On the other hand, the Rockets shot 33-of-79 from the field (41.8%) and 12-of-41 (29.3%) from long distance. Hindsight is great. D’Antoni has been through this once before with the Phoenix Suns. Stephen Curry had nine points shooting 4-for-14 from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range, with just one free throw attempt when Durant left the game with just over two minutes remaining in the third. These Rockets, however, have a little bit more at stake. “You get there, you get there. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images). The guard with the most dominant scoring season in 30 years... ... takes one shot. “In a regular world, not a bubble, we’d be going back home for two games,” Paul said. Owner Tilman Fertitta managed to avoid the luxury tax this season, but will he be willing to shell out in order to keep the window open a little longer and help pad Daryl Morey’s risk profile? He stepped up when his team needed him most, finishing with 25 points for the game. Harden’s game should age well, but it will only get harder for Morey to build a contender around his perennial MVP candidate. While acknowledging they aren’t the best team on paper, Smith said they can catch a team sleeping. It just wouldn’t be the same…. Most notably, Chris Paul appears to be 100 percent physically and is playing some of his best basketball of the season. Regular season accomplishments are nice. Despite being 34, he is showing no signs of stopping. Chris Paul lifts Thunder to Game 6 win — and reminds Rockets what they're missing. This is something Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed shortly after the game. By using NBA sites, you are agreeing to our revised Privacy Policy<\/a> and Terms of Use<\/a>, including our Cookie Policy<\/a>"; With only five points being the margin of defeat, it was another close game in this Rockets-Warriors series and yet another win for the home team. The injury has to bring terrible flashbacks to the 2018 Western Conference Finals for Rockets fans. Although D’Antoni didn’t provide much, he told Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that “it’ll be some time.”. pic.twitter.com/OLTHVEIymG, — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 21, 2018. Houston wasn't done fighting and they showed that right from the go in the second half. We know this. After Dennis Schroder was called for an offensive foul, Chris Paul got hit with a technical that gave James Harden a free throw and pushed Houston's lead to six.