The Houston Rockets have been without Chris Paul for the last two games in a row. First, he missed Saturday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with what was simply being described by the team as “rest”.
Then he was somewhat of a surprise scratch in last night’s loss to the Washington Wizards as well. It was initially unknown what was keeping CP3 out so long if it was just rest, but head coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPN last night that Paul is officially day-to-day with a sore left leg.
D’Antoni also mentioned the strained hamstring that Paul suffered in last season’s Western Conference Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors, saying “We’ve just got to make sure Chris is 100 percent well from his strained hammy.” So perhaps the balky hamstring is acting up again, which is not the kind of news the Rockets need right now.
They’re currently back in the doldrums with a three-game losing streak to Eastern Conference teams we all thought were inferior, and two of those losses came with Paul sitting out.
The team is now back under .500 with almost a quarter of the season in the books, which is not anywhere even the most pessimistic of prognosticators would have figured before the season started.
With guys like Danuel House, who was formerly playing in the G-League, getting 28 minutes last night, including almost all the key moments down the stretch, the Rockets obviously have some serious depth issues. Eric Gordon seems to finally be snapping out of his slump, going for 36 points last night, but the Rockets desperately could use some additional playmaking at the guard position, and they’ll need Paul back and healthy as soon a possible to hopefully flip this thing around.