Chris Paul returns to Houston lineup Friday vs. Wizards

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Chris Paul — who missed 15 games to start the season — has missed the last three games with a groin injury. The Rockets lost all three, including blowing a 26-point lead to Boston Thursday night. Paul has started 16 games for the Rockets and they have won 15 of them.


CP3 will be back Friday night Houston coach Mike D’Antoni announced pregame.

The Rockets’ potent offense is 8.6 points per 100 possessions better when Paul is on the court, and D’Antoni has done a great job of staggering CP3 or James Harden is always on the court.

More importantly, Paul should help the Houston defense, which has been strong all season but has been a mess during the recent four-game losing streak. Clint Capela and Luc Mbah a Moute — also key to the Houston defense — have missed time during the losing streak and the stumbles of the defense.