Tag: Chris Paul

Chris Paul, Jeff Green, Nick Calathes

Chris Paul works out, status uncertain for Game 3 vs. Rockets


The wait will be a little longer to find out whether or not Chris Paul is going to play tomorrow. He missed the first two games of the Clippers’ second-round series against the Rockets after suffering a hamstring strain in Game 7 against the Spurs. With the series heading back to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, Doc Rivers said Paul is a gametime decision.

Knowing Paul, unless he’s told in no uncertain terms by the Clippers’ medical staff that he can’t play, he’s going to give it a go. The Clippers are in great shape, winning one of two games without Paul in Houston. Even a semi-healthy version of him is an upgrade over the minutes they’ve been getting from Austin Rivers and Lester Hudson.

Austin Rivers loses balance, ball, Clippers’ momentum (video)

Austin Rivers

After falling behind by 12 to the Rockets, the Clippers went on a late 10-2 run to cut their deficit to four. They got a stop, and it really felt like they might pull off the crazy comeback as they pushed the ball upcourt.

“Here comes Austin Rivers!” exclaimed Kevin Harlan.

And then it all went so, so wrong.

One of Rivers’ keys while starting for an injured Chris Paul was not trying to do too much, and for most of Games 1 and 2, Rivers did that. Unfortunately, he got big eyes at the worst possible moment. This just rings too true.

James Harden made plays in clutch for Rockets in win (VIDEO)


James Harden started to look like the MVP candidate again Wednesday night.

Harden was attacking the rim, shooting threes and had 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets even their series with the Clippers at 1-1. Harden had five shots within eight feet of the rim and 10 three attempts, while just two shot attempts were from the midrange (he missed both).

Both Harden and Dwight Howard looked good when it mattered for the Rockets. Houston will need more of that in Game 3 — the series shifts to Los Angeles, and you can expect Chris Paul to suit up.