Report: Chris Paul expected to return vs. Magic

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When Chris Paul last played a basketball game there were still four days to get your Christmas shopping done and the Rockets were one game over .500 and the nine seed in the West, on the outside of the playoff picture.

Since then James Harden has been on a historic, MVP-level run, the Rockets went 12-5, and they are currently the five seed in the West, eight games above .500.

Harden, however, needs some help. That will come in the form of Paul on Sunday, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, although officially CP3 is still questionable.

Paul will give the Rockets another playmaker, another option that defenses will need to account for. With Clint Capela still out for a month or so (thumb ligaments) the Rockets could use all the help they can get to keep this streak going.