Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will likely be sidelined two to four weeks while recovering from his bruised left knee, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Paul, a nine-time All-Star acquired in a trade with the LA Clippers in June, was originally injured when he banged knees with Memphis guard Mario Chalmers during a preseason game.
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After sitting out the preseason finale, Paul started the season opener and played 33 minutes in Tuesday’s 122-121 win over the Golden State Warriors. However, Paul was clearly hobbled during his four-point, eight-rebound, 11-assist performance, leading coach Mike D’Antoni to sit Paul during crunch time.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was initially optimistic about Paul’s status for Saturday, but that has clearly changed.
In his absence, James Harden would likely absorb an even greater portion of the playmaking duties given the Rockets do not carry any other experienced point guards on the roster. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Rockets have been in contact with player agents as they consider adding another ballhandler for depth. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports the team has been in contact with free agent Jameer Nelson.
Paul sat out Wednesday in Sacramento and has been ruled out of Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
Eric Gordon, the NBA’s reigning winner of the Sixth Man Award, started in Paul’s place and scored 25 points during Houston’s 105-100 victory over the Kings.
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