The Houston Rockets are one win away from an NBA Finals appearance. However, that win might have to come in Game 7 after the Rockets announced some bad injury news to one of their star players.
Chris Paul went down late in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors and suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury late in the Rockets' win Thursday night. He clutched his hamstring and limped off the floor following the victory.
ESPN NBA insider Marc J. Spears caught up with the star point guard shortly after the game, and asked if he'd be able to compete in Game 6.
"Just saw injured Rockets guard Chris Paul jump into a Maybach outside the Toyota Center and he said: 'I will be all right.' I next asked about Game 6, Paul said: 'Oh yeah,' before being whisked away," Spears tweeted.
However, the Rockets announced on Friday afternoon that Paul will NOT play.
It's a tough blow for the Rockets, though it's a smart move to make sure Paul is healthy enough to compete if the series goes seven games.
Golden State opened as a heavy favorite to win Game 6 on its home court, and with Paul out of the game, that line will continue to shift heavily in the Warriors' favor.
Houston and Golden State will travel back to Oakland for Game 6. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on TNT.