The Houston Rockets find themselves one game away from advancing to the NBA Finals, but that one win could hinge on an injury status.
Rockets guard Chris Paul came up lame in the final minute of regulation in a key Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors. Paul, who is set to be re-evaluated prior to Game 6, left the game and would not return with a hamstring injury.
According to ESPN, Paul did not leave Toyota Center until midnight so he could receive extensive treatment on the injured hamstring. His status is unknown going forward.
Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni showed steely resolve following the game, citing a “next man up” philosophy.
"They'll do whatever they can do,” D’Antoni told reporters. “If he's there, great, good for him. If he isn't, we have enough guys; it's time for somebody else to step up. …We'll be all right. We just have to continue what we're doing."
Paul has battled multiple injuries this season, and most recently he has been fighting through a sore right foot.
The Rockets went 15-6 this season in the games in which Paul was forced to miss with injury. He played a pivotal role in the Game 5 win, however, as several difficult three-pointers in the third quarter helped keep the Warriors at bay.
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