Paul (hamstring) agreed Sunday to re-sign with the Rockets on a four-year, $160 million max contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Paul essentially confirmed the new deal via a post on his personal Twitter account, wherein he indicated there was "unfinished business" in Houston. He ended the postseason on the sidelines while recovering from a Grade 2 right hamstring strain, but meshed well with James Harden in the backcourt when the two shared the court together. Paul finished his first season in Houston with averages of 18.6 points (on 46 percent shooting from the field), 7.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers and 1.7 steals in 31.8 minutes per contest.
The hamstring injury that prevented Paul from playing in the final two games of the Western Conference finals series against the Warriors has been diagnosed as a Grade 2 strain, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reports. Paul's absence was acutely felt in the two games he missed, with the Rockets dropping both contests to send the Warriors to their fourth straight NBA Finals. According to Shelburne, teammate James Harden dealt with the same Grade 2 hamstring strain earlier in the season and missed three weeks, which illustrates the uphill battle Paul was facing in trying to gain clearance for Games 6 and 7. He should be at or near full strength by the end of the June before becoming an unrestricted free agent in July.
Paul (hamstring) has been ruled out for Game 7 on Monday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Paul will miss his second consecutive game Monday as he continues to deal with a sore hamstring. If the Rockets win, Paul should be considered questionable for Game 1 of the Finals with more information coming out prior to that game. With Paul out, Eric Gordon should play a more significant role in the offense.
Paul (hamstring) will be listed as questionable for Monday's series finale against the Warriors, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. Paul sat out of Saturday's Game 6 matchup after tweaking his hamstring in Game 5. Coach Mike D'Antoni stated that Paul will likely be a game-time decision and that the final say will come from team doctors. D'Antoni also said Paul's recovery is "going good", although Paul will be receiving around the clock treatment leading up to Monday's contest.
Paul (hamstring) is "less likely than likely" to play in Game 7 on Monday, a source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of EPSN.com. Paul sat out Saturday's Game 6 after tweaking his right hamstring in the final moments of Thursday's Game 5 win. The Rockets made the call early for Game 6, but you should expect Paul to be a game-time decision -- literally, a game-time decision -- for the series-deciding Game 7.
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