It's a major blow for a team which is looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in more than two decades. But now, even if they do take this series to seven and then pull off the victory, everyone is always going to wonder whether or not that's because they took it up a notch or because they didn't have to since Paul wasn't there to maestro the Rockets' offense.
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston. But now he will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury.
There was some question after the play if Carter did the play on goal, but even members of the Warriors team came to the future Hall of Famer's defense. Houston, which holds a 3-2 lead in the series, will have to try to put away the defending champions without one of its best players. Warriors coach Steve Kerr has also granted only sparse minutes to reserve forward Nick Young and reserve guard Quinn Cook.
"We still winning this", Green told The Athletic.
Paul has been sidelined by a hamstring injury on four occasions during his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Here are the three takeaways from Clutch City's win in Game 5. "I didn't see that".
"Because I think the way we've played the last two games, we've played good enough to win and just haven't gotten the job done", he said. "But great opportunity for other guys and we have plenty to choose from and we'll be ready". It's only right that we do it a different way to set a new chapter.
Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know". He's one of our keys and we've missed him the last two games.
But they'll face steep odds to get that win on Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors.