After missing the first two games of the Los Angeles Clippers’ second-round series against the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul will give it a go in Game 3 on Friday night. At least that’s what teammate Matt Barnes says.
Paul did on-court work on Thursday and went through shootaround with the team on Friday, and Barnes said Paul told teammates he plans on playing in Game 3, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
“He said he’s playing tonight,” Barnes said Friday after going through shootaround with Paul. “You just hope that he’s ready. His game is so much stop and go and he’s such an integral part of our team. I hope he can stay healthy throughout the game because we’re going to need him for this run.”
Paul suffered a hamstring injury in Game 7 of the Clippers’ first-round series victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Paul played through the injury in Game 7 and hit the game-winning shot with a second left.
However, Paul wasn’t able to suit up in Games 1 and 2 in Houston. But even without their star point guard, the Clippers managed a split in Houston and even had a double-digit lead in the second half of Game 2 before struggling down the stretch and ultimately losing.
Having Paul back will obviously provide a boost for Los Angeles, although it’ll be interesting to see what his mobility is like. Even if he’s not 100 percent, though, he’s crafty enough to be effective and make a big impact.