Eric Gordon: Rockets Would Be in Finals With Healthy Chris Paul

Had Chris Paul not be been ruled out with a hamstring injury, the Houston Rockets would be in the NBA Finals, according to teammate Eric Gordon.

Instead, we’re getting Round 4 of Cleveland vs Golden State for all the marbles, after the Warriors rallied to take Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals 101-92.

Rockets GM Darly Morey said his team should have won Monday night’s do-or-die affair regardless of who was in uniform.


“It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker,” Gordon said after the Rockets’ 101-92 loss Monday night in Game 7. “If we had Chris, if he was out there, we’d have been playing on Thursday. It’s just tough.”

Paul, a nine-time All-Star point guard, missed the final two games of the Western Conference finals after injuring his hamstring in the final minute of Houston’s Game 5 win. The Rockets built double-digit halftime leads in Games 6 and 7, but the Golden State Warriors rallied on both occasions to eliminate Houston and advance to their fourth straight Finals.

“That’s what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won,” [Rockets head coach Mike] D’Antoni said. “They’d make a little run, he’d hit a 3. They make another run, and he makes another play. And you have to have those momentum changers and stoppers, and the last two games, we didn’t have them.”