Rockets' Chris Paul strains hamstring, out at least 2 weeks

Rockets' Chris Paul strains hamstring, out at least 2 weeks

The fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft injured his right hamstring in the Western Conference finals last season, which forced him to miss Game 6 and 7. While his absence will certainly help the Heat's chances of getting the win tonight, it is never good to see a player of Paul's caliber leave a game with an injury. He doesn't have a player option until 2021, at which point he'll be 36.

After sinking 26 three-pointers in Wednesday night's 136-118 victory over the Washington Wizards, the Rockets were edged 101-99 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. D'Antoni did not specify how long Paul would be out, saying only, "It'll be some time". Bell says Paul's contract is a cause for concern within the Rockets organization, especially considering his age and injury-riddled past. Bell also suggests those issues could make moving his hefty contract very hard for Houston. That was the moment when Paul grabbed the back of his left leg, the telltale sign of a hamstring issue.

Paul had four points and four assists in 12 minutes before exiting.

"It's definitely tough, because he's a big-time playmaker and ball handler for us", Houston guard Eric Gordon was quoted as saying by ESPN. Houston had won five in a row before the loss in Miami, but is eighth in the Western Conference at 16-15. The Rockets later said Paul had a left hamstring strain and wouldn't return.

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The Rockets were winning by eight in Miami when he got hurt, and got outscored by 10 the rest of the way.

They lost only 17 regular-season games last season.

"It's definitely going to be tough", Gordon said of the prospect of being without Paul for a while again. "But we've just got to make adjustments and play even better".

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