The Houston Rockets clinched a pivotal Game 5 victory on Thursday to take a Three-2 Western Conference finals lead over the Golden State Warriors. Even in the win, although, it felt like a loss for Houston, which noticed Chris Paul come up hobbled late in the recreation. Paul left in the ultimate minute with an obvious hamstring injury and didn’t return.
Paul has since been, and it is unclear if he’ll re-appear in the sequence. The workforce will reevaluate him when the Rockets return from their Game 6 highway journey to Golden State, the place they will clinch the sequence.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni stated his star’s spirits “aren’t great” after Game 5 and that Paul is “worried” — which was an early indication that the injury was greater than just a ding. It’s just one other chew from the injury bug that has as soon as once more come at an inopportune time for the longtime NBA star.
Paul has a historical past of nagging accidents to both him or a essential member of his workforce, significantly over the previous half-decade — and particularly in the playoffs, which have stored him on the sidelines over the years.
Here’s a timeline of these accidents which have hobbled Paul — or his teammates — in the postseason over the years in his 10 playoff appearances.
2009: Hornets massive man Tyson Chandler suffered a toe injury in 2009 and missed 15 of the workforce’s ultimate 16 video games of the common season, and 37 video games in whole of what turned out to be an injury plagued season for the 7-foot-1 heart. Chandler returned in the playoffs, however the Hornets’ rhythm did not comply with swimsuit. New Orleans fell Four-1 in the first spherical to Carmelo Anthony’s Nuggets and derailed what gave the impression to be an in any other case promising postseason run for Paul’s Hornets squad that fell seven video games shy of a franchise-best regular-season file.
2013: Clippers co-star Blake Griffin sustained an ankle injury forward of Game 5 in their first-round tilt towards the Memphis Grizzlies, and re-aggravated it in Game 5 — a recreation that finally gave the Grizzlies a Three-2 sequence lead it might by no means relinquish. Griffin performed 14 minutes in Game 6 however the Paul-Griffin magic that propelled them to a franchise file 56-win common season fizzled with Griffin’s injury.
2015: Paul performed in all 82 regular-season video games throughout the 2014-15 season, however suffered a hamstring injury in Game 7 of the first spherical of the playoffs towards the San Antonio Spurs. Though Paul performed by means of the injury and scored 27 factors, together with a game-winner to clinch the sequence, he hobbled himself sufficient to overlook the subsequent two video games of the second spherical.
Paul returned for Games Three by means of 7 of the convention semifinals the place he averaged 21.2 factors and 10 assists per recreation. But the Clippers ultimately bowed out, mockingly, to the Rockets after shedding the ultimate three video games of the sequence.
2016: Paul broke a bone in his proper hand throughout Game Four of the first spherical of the playoffs towards the Portland Trail Blazers. The injury occurred with Paul’s Clippers up 2-1 in the sequence; they’d not win one other recreation in the sequence, and finally fell Four-2 to Portland. Paul didn’t return after sustaining the Game Four injury.
2017: Another 12 months derailed by an unlucky Blake Griffin injury. Griffin suffered a plantar plate injury in Game Three of the first spherical of the West playoffs towards the Utah Jazz, which required surgical procedure. Griffin didn’t return, and Paul and the Clippers by no means recovered. L.A. fell to the Jazz in seven video games.
2018: Paul has stepped his recreation up a notch in the playoffs in his first postseason with the Rockets, averaging barely over 21 factors and 5.eight rebounds per recreation to this point. However, he sustained a hamstring injury on Thursday night time in the waning seconds of Houston’s Game 5 win over the Warriors. He has been dominated out for Game 6 on Saturday.