The team said in a statement Paul will be reevaluated after the Rockets return to Houston following Game 6.
The Rockets managed to go 15-6 this season in games Paul missed when they had MVP front-runner Harden and blossoming center Clint Capela available. They'll also need to temper the indeterminable impact of Green for the Warriors, who has spent a lot of time facilitating for Golden State this postseason, and do what the Pelicans couldn't and find a solution for Durant.
The Rockets announced Friday (May 25) the decision to hold Paul out for the game set for Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, Paul aggravated a previous hamstring injury in the final minute of Thursday's Game 5 win. James Harden had a rough shooting night as he finished with just 19 points in five of 21 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with six assists while Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench. "He wanted to be out there, and for sure he's anxious. we'll see tomorrow how it goes". Eventually, the specter of Curry's Warriors forced Paul's 2017 relocation to Houston too.
"We still winning this", Draymond Green said. Paul drew some tight defense from Curry on the play. They have managed 34 points their last two fourth quarters.
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Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul's first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.
However, despite losing, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: "I feel great about where we are right now".
Worse yet for Houston, Paul's status for a potential Game 7 has been thrown into doubt.
The Warriors opened as a 10.5-point favorite for Game 6 at several sportsbooks. One of the most underrated players, Andre Iguodala has missed two straight games. I think the Warriors come out strong and force a Game 7, but I think the value is with the Rockets and the points here. "Injuries happen and we've just got to play with whoever is out there".