HOUSTON — Rockets guard Chris Paul has been ruled out of Friday’s reunion game against the LA Clippers due to a sore left adductor.
The injury caused Paul to leave early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which snapped Houston’s 14-game winning streak. It was the first loss in a Rockets uniform for Paul, who missed a month due to a left knee contusion after playing in the Rockets’ season-opening victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Paul, a nine-time All-Star who pushed to be traded from the Clippers to Houston over the summer, has averaged 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 2.1 steals in 16 games for the Rockets.
Houston starting center Clint Capela has missed two of the previous three games due to a left heel contusion. If Capela can’t play against the Clippers, the Rockets will have only six regular rotation players available.