The Los Angeles Clippers dismantled the Houston Rockets in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. But that's not the bad news for the Rockets. The bad news is that after returning from five days off to rest a hamstring injury, Chris Paul is none the worse for the wear on Friday night.
Chris Paul: "I’m cool, I’m good, I’ll be ready for tomorrow. There’s no speculation, probable or questionable, I’m playing tomorrow."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 9, 2015
Coach Doc Rivers gets the significance of this. The Clippers have been better than the Rockets with 23 total minutes of Paul's time through three games. If Paul is getting stronger, then the Rockets are going to be in big trouble.
Doc on Chris Paul: "He actually felt better today. That was the best sign of the whole game."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 9, 2015
I said before the game that we would learn a lot more about the series from Game 3. Now that we know that Paul's hamstring has not had an adverse reaction, we probably know all we need to know.