The LA Clippers won’t get to try and beat Chris Paul for the first time since being traded to Rockets when they play Houston.
So much for a shot at revenge. Thanks to Chris Paul suffering from an adductor issue, per Bleacher Report, the star point guard will not play against one of his former teams.
It’s not like it’d be much of a game to begin with, but the Rockets still shouldn’t have a problem handing Los Angeles even without Paul in the lineup. Before Wednesday night’s game against the Lakers, Houston had won 14 in a row and was unbeaten with Paul in the starting lineup.
He wasn’t able to finish against the purple and gold, and consequently, a 51 point performance by superstar James Harden was still not enough to down the Lakers.
With the Clippers, it’s a much different scenario.
Since losing Paul in a sign and trade with the Rockets, trusting Blake Griffin to be their leader hasn’t exactly panned out. He’s missing significant time with his own injury issues, and on top of that, it seems as though LA just can’t get over the fact that their championship window is closing.
But that’s besides the point.
Paul missing time with an adductor problem isn’t what Houston wants to hear, but it’s not LA’s problem anymore. The Clippers gave the Rockets the ability to have an offense that has a good chance of taking down Golden State if it comes down to it in the conference finals, but that won’t do them much good if Paul has to keep sitting out.
Los Angeles is currently second in the Pacific division behind Golden State, with a 12-18 record. They ended their three game skid with a win over Phoenix on Wednesday night ahead of Friday’s scheduled game against the Rockets.
Meanwhile, Houston is 25-5 and first place in their respective division and will not be an easy opponent for the struggling Clippers.