After missing the Los Angeles Clippers Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday, Chris Paul’s status is still up in the air for Game 2.
According to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, Paul is “50-50” to play.
“I’d say 50-50,” Rivers said. “I honestly don’t know. My gut before last night was there would be a good chance [he would play Wednesday] so I’d probably lean that way. He looked good walking today.”
It’ll take more than walking to play against the Rockets, however. Paul is hampered by a strained left hamstring. The Clippers defeated Houston 117-101 without him.
Paul injured his hamstring in the series-clinching Game 7 against the Spurs–the same game he hit the game-winning layup over Tim Duncan. In his absence, Austin Rivers started at point guard with Lester Hudson backing him up.
Blake Griffin stepped up big time without Paul. He posted a triple-double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. Rivers also played well, scoring 17 points on 5-12 shooting. The Clippers could be extra cautious having already taken home-court advantage with the 1-0 series lead.