Chris Paul was originally diagnosed with what was believed to be a bruise in his left knee, but there are fears that this could actually be a more serious injury. He sustained the injury during a preseason game on October 11 and hasn’t looked right since.
After the Rockets’ season opener on Tuesday, coach Mike D’Antoni said Paul was “playing on one leg” and immediately ruled him out of Wednesday’s matchup. Paul scored just four points on 2-of-9 in his debut with the Rockets and he was pulled from the game with just five minutes to go. He has also been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Mavericks and while he is considered day to day, has no official timeline for a return.
CP3 has a long injury history that includes both upper and lower body issues. Just last season, Paul sat out after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in the thumb in his shooting hand. He also missed time to a hamstring injury. He was an Elevated Injury Risk through the offseason and picked up a shoulder and knee injury in the preseason. It appears that he aggravated his knee in the regular season opener.
The timing of this injury really couldn’t be worse for the Rockets. Paul and new teammate James Harden were just starting to build chemistry and the Rockets proved on Tuesday that they are going to be one of the few teams that can give the Warriors a run for their money.
Paul could be dealing with anything from a severe bone bruise to a sprain, to minor ligament damage. If it’s a mild, grade 1 injury, the Inside Injuries algorithm calculates Paul could need three weeks to make a full recovery. If he’s dealing with a moderate (grade 2) sprain, he could need up to five weeks on the sidelines.
Eric Gordon and James Harden will see a boost in numbers while Paul is out.
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