Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will not only play in Sunday night’s Game 4 contest against the Houston Rockets, he will start.
“I’m cool, I’m good, I’ll be ready for tomorrow,” Paul told ESPN on Saturday. “There’s no speculation, probable or questionable. I’m playing tomorrow.”
Paul played 23 minutes in Game 3 and finished with 12 points and seven assists. Head coach Doc Rivers was even more encouraged the day after the game because Paul did not suffer a setback and felt better than he did on game day.
Paul missed the series’ first two games with a strained left hamstring. He hit the first-round series-winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7.
“For me, it was about getting out there and trying to be that leader,” Paul said. “I tried to pick my spots as well as possible, but we still played through Blake [Griffin] as we should. He’s been our MVP in this series and we’re going to keep playing through him like we do.”
The Clippers lead the Rockets 2-1 in the series, and are 1-0 with Paul in the lineup. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m eastern in Los Angeles.