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D'Antoni Expects Paul To Remain Out Until End Of January

Rockets coach also updated Eric Gordon's status

January 07, 2019 - 11:39 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday the team doesn't expect Chris Paul to return to floor until "realistically, toward the end of the month" as the Rockets guard continues to rehab a left hamstring suffered December 20 in Miami.

The initial prognosis said Paul would be out 2-4 weeks, but D'Antoni said Monday morning the team would take its time in brining the star guard back. The Rockets are 6-1 without him in the lineup after losing all five games he missed earlier in the season due to suspension and leg soreness.

Along with Paul, D'Antoni announced Eric Gordon will be out until at least the end of the week due to the right knee contusion he suffered December 29 in New Orleans. Gordon is having the worst shooting season of his career, but scored at least 17 points in the four games he played after Paul suffered his hamstring injury. 

The Rockets are 22-16 this season, fifth place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind top seeded Denver, who they host Monday.