Report: Chris Paul Out for Game 6 With Hamstring Strain

By Matthew Cardenas on May 25, 2018
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Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports has reported that guard Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday after suffering a hamstring strain at the end of Game 5. Paul finished the game with 20 points (18 in the second half), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He is currently in his first ever Conference Finals as the Rockets are up 3-2 on the Golden State Warriors.

This is where the hamstring strain occurred for Paul. Notice how he grabs his hamstring immediately after falling down. Paul was unable to finish the final minute of the game.

According to Ben DuBose of SportsTalk790, Paul is expected to travel with the team to Oakland for Game 6. Eric Gordon will start in his place. Paul's status for Game 7 (if possible) is currently unclear.

Injuries keep getting in the way for Paul. He has worked tirelessly to finally reach the Conference Finals, and now this injury occurs. It has been a fantastic first Conference Finals for Paul as he has been able to take over the workload while James Harden has struggled from the field in recent games.

Paul has worked through a hamstring injury before. He suffered the same injury during Game 7 of the first round of the 2015 Playoffs against the Spurs and was able to finish the game. Games 1 and 2 of the second round against the Rockets is when Paul missed time. If the Rockets are able to finish the series in Oakland on Saturday, that takes some pressure off the situation as Paul would have time to recover until the beginning of the NBA Finals on May 31st.

Luc Mbah a Moute was a DNP for both Games 4 and 5. Look for that to change in Game 6 with Paul's absence. Although the shoulder injury is still lingering, his production will desperately be needed if the Rockets want to close this series out.

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