Chris Paul’s debut with the Houston Rockets was cut short due to a knee injury on opening night in the win over the Golden State Warriors, and the injury could sideline Paul for a month.
Former ESPN NBA analyst Marc Stein reported that the Rockets have listed Paul as day-to-day with the knee injury, but they expect him to miss a few weeks.
The Rockets acquired the 32-year-old from the Los Angeles Clippers via trade in the offseason after Paul opted into the final year of his contract. The 9-time All-Star scored four points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in 33 minutes against the Warriors before leaving the game with the injury.
Stein reported that the Rockets will be cautious with Paul moving forward since they want him at full strength before the team enters the playoffs.
The biggest question surrounding the Rockets entering the season was how two ball-dominant guards in James Harden and Paul would co-exist, so Paul’s injury will delay the chemistry experiment between the two stars.
But the good news for the team is that they’re one of the deepest teams in the league, and they shouldn’t be affected in the short term while Paul recovers.