Chris Paul out for Game 1 of Clippers-Rockets series

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Chris Paul was absolutely heroic in the Clippers’ Game 7 win over the Spurs, but suffered a left hamstring strain that he played through. Now, with their second-round series against the Rockets about to tip off, head coach Doc Rivers told reporters that Paul will not play.

With Paul out, the Rockets need to capitalize early. Given the Clippers’ lack of backcourt depth (especially if Austin Rivers starts, as his father hinted he would), this game is right there for the taking for Houston. But it’s good news that Paul’s injury isn’t so serious that he’s been ruled out for Game 2. Hopefully he’s able to play then.