If the Houston Rockets are to eliminate Golden State in Game 6 they’ll have to do so without point guard Chris Paul.
The team announced on Friday that Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the final minute of the Rockets Game 5 win, will not play Saturday.
“Chris Paul will miss Saturday’s game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain that occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Warriors,” the statement read. “He will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston.”
If the Warriors win on Saturday, Game 7 would be Monday night in Houston.
If the Rockets win Game 6 that would give Paul a full week to recover since the NBA Finals don’t begin until Thursday.
Paul finished with 18 points as the Rockets took a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. Paul had never advanced to a conference final prior to this season.