Rockets' Chris Paul Could Miss Month With Knee Issue


Chris Paul has been ruled out of the Houston Rockets' home opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Paul injured the knee in Houston's 122-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors to open the 2017-18 National Basketball Association regular season. The 32-year old point guard finished the game with four points on 2/9 shooting, and added eight rebounds and 11 assists in 33 minutes.

The nine-time All-Star hasn't been ruled out of the game yet, but Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni has admitted that it would be hard for him to play against their cross-state rivals since he's still dealing with a bruised left knee.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Paul will be listed as day to day and could be out for as long as a month due to his knee injury.

Paul, who joined the Rockets via trade over the summer after spending six seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, missed Houston's second game of the season on Wednesday night against Sacramento.

In his absence, "the Beard" is likely to assume point guard duties like he did last season and facilitate the team's offence.

But per Stein, they have already made it clear that they plan to be cautious with him as their goals are focused on the playoffs and making sure their stars are healthy in the latter stages of the season.

"It's only a bump", D'Antoni said.

"I don't think there's (concern)".

"I thought it had a chance but I knew it was a little late. We're not going to do much better than that".