The injury bug has, unfortunately, struck again. Houston Rockets superstar Chris Paul hurt his hamstring near the end of Thursday’s Game 5 while attempting an awkward shot over Jordan Bell. Paul immediately left the game, though was in good spirits and optimistic afterwards.
It didn’t take long for the team to determine some severity for the injury, as it was announced early Friday that Paul would sit out of Saturday’s Game 6.
Rockets star Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of West Finals with a hamstring strain.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 25, 2018
You always hate to see a player injured, and it is especially a big bummer in such a huge series. For the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala has missed the last two games with a knee contusion, while Klay Thompson was slowed in Game 4 after straining his knee.
Seeing one of the more important players in the series, playing in his first Conference Finals, go down like that is an enormous bummer.
While no one on the Warriors wishes injury on Paul, we still need to to touch on the obvious ramifications: This greatly helps the Warriors. At home for Game 6, possibly with Iguodala returning, and with Paul out, the table is set for Golden State to bounce back and force a Game 7.
And if that Game 7 occurs, hopefully all of the key players are healthy and able to suit up.