Report: Chris Paul set to return for the Rockets this week
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NBA.com staff report
The Rockets have increased Chris Paul's practice load in the hope he'll be ready to return from what would be a 14-game absence for Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) contest against the Suns.
Paul, 32, has played in just one game, Houston's season-opening victory over the Warriors, since bruising his left knee on Oct. 11 (Oct. 12, PHL time) against the Grizzlies.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Paul participated in a heavy practice on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) and is slated for "intense sessions" again on Tuesday and Wednesday (Wednesday and Thursday, PHL time). The Rockets will then assess Paul's condition after their flight to Phoenix.
“We don’t want to push it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday (at Memphis). He worked out hard (Sunday.) We’ll see how he feels Tuesday and Wednesday. That (Paul returning on Thursday) is what we’re shooting for.”
The Rockets have played well in the nine-time All-Star's absence, winning 10 of 13 games leading into Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) matchup with the Raptors.