The Rockets captured another victory for the ages Thursday night, but the ending was bittersweet.
Chris Paul went up for a jumper, Quinn Cook got in between his legs and his hamstring seized up. He couldn’t even make it down the floor in one of the game’s final possessions. His man, Cook, got a wide-open three-pointer as a result — because of smart defense by the remaining Rockets on the floor — and missed it.
He’ll be re-evaluated Friday, but he told Marc Spears of the Undefeated “I will be all right ... Oh, yeah.”
What that tells us, I’m not sure. Maybe that means that after an hour of treatment, he felt much better. He was able to walk off the floor, but the Rockets need him to do so much more than walk.
For the second straight game, CP3’s ridiculous second-half shotmaking was the difference in the western conference finals. He scored 18 points, nearly all of them on a high degree of difficulty. The Rockets’ played their best on the defensive end of the floor, moving on a string and sealing off all weak points, and you know that doesn’t happen without CP3 reading the offense and talking to his teammates.
I hope dearly Paul is healthy enough to play. Maybe the right move is resting his hamstring for Game 6 for a more healed Game 7. The Rockets have given themselves that luxury. CP3 desperately wants to be on the floor. The Rockets need him, too. Heal up quick, Point God.
Update: Chris Paul has been declared out for Game 6.