By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Rockets will be without point guard Chris Paul on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks. Head coach Mike D’Antoni said that Paul would return on Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls should he miss the Hawks game.
The Rockets are being cautious with Paul’s hamstring injury. And with Houston leading the Western Conference, they have the luxury of resting one of their star players.
With Paul out of the lineup, Eric Gordon will get the start. James Harden will also be given more responsibility, as he will be the ball handler.
Paul is not the only Rockets player, who will miss the Hawks game. Luc Mbah a Moute will also be out with a knee injury.
Joe Johnson, P.J. Tucker, and Gerald Green will all see increased playing time with Mbah a Moute out.
Paul will miss his third straight game with his hamstring injury. He last played on March 20th against the Portland Trail Blazers when he had 22 points in 32 minutes.
Mbah a Moute also missed Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He played in seven minutes against the Detroit Pistons on March 22nd.
The 31-year-old Mbah a Moute has played in 55 games this season, his first season with the Rockets. He’s also averaging 7.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.
The 32-year-old Paul, who was Mbah a Moute’s teammate last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, before a blockbuster deal to the Rockets, has appeared in 53 games this season. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
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