Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul is questionable for Game 1 against the Houston Rockets on Monday with a hamstring injury suffered during the epic Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Paul strained his let hamstring in the first quarter of the Clippers’ thrilling 111-109 Game 7 win, but that didn’t stop him from putting together a performance for the ages. Noticeably hobbled the rest of the game when he returned from the locker room, the point guard put up 27 points and six assists, and he also hit the game-winning shot with just a second left:
Paul is getting almost non-stop treatment on the hamstring in an effort to get him ready to play. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers didn’t sound all that optimistic on Saturday night, per Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
“Chris may play or may not play the first game, but the game is Monday. My guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no, but I’m not sure.”
Not having Paul available would obviously be a tough blow. Not only is he exceptional himself, but the Clippers’ lack of depth would really show, as Austin Rivers is a huge downgrade. Los Angeles was outscored by 9.5 points per 100 possessions with Rivers on the floor against the Spurs and 12.5 points per 100 possessions with Paul on the bench, per NBA.com.