Chris Paul will play and start in Game 4 of Clippers-Rockets series

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After returning and playing 23 minutes of the Clippers’ Game 3 blowout win over the Rockets, Chris Paul says in no uncertain terms that he’s good to go for Game 4 on Sunday evening.

Via ESPN.com’s Arash Markazi:

“I’m cool, I’m good, I’ll be ready for tomorrow,” Paul said. “There’s no speculation, probable or questionable. I’m playing tomorrow.”

Paul came out of his first game in nearly a week feeling good, playing just 23 minutes and finishing with 12 points and seven assists.

“He actually felt better today,” Doc Rivers said. “That was the best sign of the whole game.”

With Paul limited, Austin Rivers went off for 25 points on Friday to help the Clippers take a 2-1 series lead over the Rockets. After stealing Game 1 in Houston, the Clippers are in position to protect home court and take a commanding 3-1 series lead heading back to Houston for Game 5 on Tuesday. Having Paul back at full strength will help with that, and signs are good that he’ll be ready to go without any limitations.