Rockets guard Chris Paul will miss game against Thunder
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 26, 2017 09:05 AM
FILE - HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait during the 2017-18 Houston Rockets Media Day on September 22, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will sit out Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a groin injury.
Houston coach Mike D’Antoni made the announcement before the game.
The Rockets are 15-1 when Paul plays and 10-5 when he doesn’t. He averages 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds.
Paul also missed Houston’s Dec. 22 (Dec. 23, PHl time) game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He had an intense workout before Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game, but it was determined he wasn’t ready to go.
D’Antoni said Paul is close to returning and he expects the star guard to play one of the upcoming back-to-back games, either Thursday at Boston or Friday at Washington (Friday or Saturday, PHL time).
D’Antoni said Rockets center Clint Capela will return to the starting lineup against the Thunder after missing the previous two games with a left heel contusion.