Chris Paul goes through shootaround, tells Matt Barnes he will play Friday


The Houston Rockets had a lot of success in the second half of Game 2 by fronting Blake Griffin in the post and having help from a big behind him. The Clippers offense froze when that happened.

Good luck doing that in Game 3 Friday night — it looks like Chris Paul is going to play.

Paul strained his hamstring in Game 7 against the Spurs but played through it in a game that will go down as part of his legacy, including hitting the game winner over Tim Duncan.

He wasn’t healthy enough to go in Game 1 against the Rockets 48 hours later, and the Clippers upset win in that game took a little pressure off Paul and the Clippers to rush him back.

Paul averaged 19.2 points, and 10.2 rebounds a game this season, shooting 39.8 percent from three, remaining one of the best defensive point guards in the league and the best floor general. He came in sixth in the recent MVP voting.

With him, in whatever condition, the Clippers are favorites in this series. But hamstrings can be tricky and can be easily aggravated and worsened.