Rockets not optimistic about Chris Paul playing in potential Game 7

Game 5 was a barnburner between the top two teams in the Western Conference this year, and was the closest game we've had these Conference Finals, both in the East and West.

Things are different now, though, with Houston stealing Game 4 on the road and then holding serve in Game 5 behind Paul and a gritty fourth quarter from James Harden.

If the Rockets win, they can await Paul's medical update as they prepare for their first trip to the NBA Finals since winning the title in 1995. Friday morning, the Rockets announced that Paul will miss Saturday's game at Golden State with a right hamstring strain.

According to Kristen Ledlow of National Basketball Association on TNT, Paul will receive treatment all the way up to Game 6, which is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. EST tip on Saturday night.

Paul exited Houston's 98-94 Game 5 win on Thursday in the final minute and received extensive postgame treatment, leaving the Toyota Center around midnight. He's averaging almost 37 minutes per night, scoring 19.8 points to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest. "We want to take advantage of it". Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon. "But we can't count on it", Kerr said.

While Kerr said "it would be great" to have Iguodala back for Game 6, he added the Warriors, who face elimination in Game 6, can't count on him being on the court.

No one on the Rockets played more of a role in Houston's two consecutive wins than Paul.

Paul eventually checked out of the game with 22.7 seconds remaining, watching the game in a slumped position on the bench and only getting up once to huddle with his teammates during a stoppage in play.

Houston's big win in Game Five was tempered by a hamstring injury to star Chris Paul which will keep him out of Saturday's game.

The Rockets have not reached the Finals since they managed it on successive occasions in in 1994 and 1995.

Injury Report: Warriors G Patrick McCaw has yet to play this postseason due to a spinal contusion.

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