Chris Paul set to return to Rockets’ lineup Sunday
Mike D’Antoni indicated Friday morning that Chris Paul will make his long-awaited return to the Houston Rockets’ lineup Sunday against the Orlando Magic.
Paul has missed Houston’s past 16 games with a nagging hamstring injury, but it sounds like he’s fully recovered and could have played even sooner than Sunday, according a report from FOX26’s Mark Berman.
Mike D'Antoni says Chris Paul will go Sunday. Could have gone tonight if it was a playoff game.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 25, 2019
D’Antoni suggested Paul conceivably could have played Friday when the Rockets host the Toronto Raptors, given a different set of circumstances.
Mike D'Antoni says Chris Paul will return Sunday: "If it was a playoff game tonight he might go, but why not be extra special." #Rockets pic.twitter.com/YDRit2H8WW— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 25, 2019
“If it was a playoff game tonight he might go, but why not be extra special,” D’Antoni quipped.
The Rockets played well during Paul’s absence, going 11-5, which almost can be solely attributed to the otherworldly play of James Harden, who has been on an absolute, near historic scoring tear for weeks.
Despite Harden playing out of his mind of late, the Rockets most assuredly will welcome Paul back into the fold with open arms. In 16 games this season, CP3 is averaging 15.6 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Harden of course will continue carrying the load on offense, but Paul’s presence undoubtedly will alleviate some of the pressure on the reigning MVP.