HOUSTON - Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been ruled out with a leg injury for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals playoff game in Golden State on Saturday.
The Rockets said Paul has a right hamstring strain and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6.
Paul injured his hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Thursday night, when he landed after a missed jump shot. He did not play the rest of the game.
Paul finished with 20 points.
Houston holds a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6.
Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday morning that Eric Gordon, who had a team-high 24 points in Game 5, will replace Paul in the lineup.
D'Antoni said "without a doubt" the team will be able to handle the challenge of playing Game 6 without CP3.
"Chris is a tough loss, but we always find ways to win," Gordon said.
Paul missed 24 games during the regular season due to injury.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets went 15-9 (.625) without Paul in the lineup in the regular season and 61-12 (.836) with him.
Paul is averaging 21.1 points per game during the playoffs.
Fans feeling confident
Some fans are feeling confident going into Game 6 even though Paul is injured.
“I’m kinda nervous, but I believe the Rockets can pull it off,” Joshua Matthews said. “You know, James Harden can hold it down. Only thing they have to work on is passing the ball.”
Fans said the team might be in good shape for Saturday’s game if it keep passing the ball.
“I think Eric Gordon will help out now. Plus if he’s a starter, we need them reigning threes to start early," Kadeem Delesline said. “Since Eric Gordon’s a starter now, they're going to play more players now and we will need that for them to win.”
Those rooting for Houston say, even with a star player down, the team can still surge ahead.
“As long as James Harden get his mentality of last year, meaning pass the ball, get a triple double at least, and I feel like the team will be good,” Patrick Malveo said.
Fans said the Rockets still have a shot at making it into the NBA Finals and bringing home a championship.
A watch party for Game 6 will take place at the Toyota Center on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.
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