Mike D'Antoni Says Chris Paul Is 'Doubtful' to Play Game 7

"I think it's a game-time decision," the Rockets coach says.

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After suffering a hamstring injury at the end of the Houston Rockets' Game 5 contest against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Chris Paul was forced to sit out Game 6. Now, it's looking like he's likely to see a similar fate for Game 7.

Paul will be officially listed as "questionable" for Monday's series finale, but Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says it will be "probably doubtful" that he plays. D'Antoni explained that he's leaving it up to Chris, his trainers, and his doctors.

"If I get the nod from the trainers, Chris and the doctors, then he'll be ready to go," D'Antoni told reporters on Sunday evening. "Probably if any of those three disagree, he's probably not going. So I think it's a game-time decision, whatever it is, probably doubtful or however they listed it or questionable. They will eventually test it and see if there's any possibility whatsoever."

This news comes after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that sources say Paul's chance of a return is "less likely than likely."

On the chances of a Chris Paul comeback with right hamstring injury for Game 7, source tells ESPN: "Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try."

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 27, 2018

This marks the third time in the last four postseasons Paul has had to sit out due to injury.

During Game 6 pre-game interviews, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed sympathy for Paul's situation. "More than anything, I feel bad for Chris," he said. "The guy’s a phenomenal player and competitor and pretty much willed his team the last two games. He’s just been haunted by these types of injuries in his career, and it’s a shame. I hate when anybody gets hurt."

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