How Long Is Chris Paul out For? Rockets Star Sidelined with Hamstring Injury

Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets were dealt a major blow on Thursday night, after Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out "indefinitely."

The veteran point guard strained his left hamstring in a 101-99 loss to Miami and will undergo an MRI scan on Friday morning to determine the extent of the injury.

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Paul dribbled behind his back while moving the right and once the ball was knocked away by Derrick Jones Jr, he immediately clutched the back of his left leg. By the time he left the court with 6:43 left in the second quarter, Paul had scored four points in 12 minutes.

.@KristenLedlow gives an update on Chris Paul, who suffered a strained left hamstring and will not return to tonight's game.

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 21, 2018

The 33-year-old headed straight into the locker room and did not return to the court. After the game, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni did not specify how long Paul would be out for but admitted "it'll be some time."

The word on Chris Paul: "It'll be some time," Mike D'Antoni said. MRI tomorrow on the left hamstring.

— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 21, 2018

The point guard is averaging 15.6 points, eight assists and 2.1 steals this season and the Rockets have lost all five games he's missed this year.

"It's definitely tough, because he's a big-time playmaker and ball handler for us," Houston guard Eric Gordon was quoted as saying by ESPN. "It's definitely going to be tough. But we've just got to make adjustments and play even better."

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the nine-time All-Star has missed games because of hamstring injuries on five occasions throughout his 13-year career in the NBA for a total of 19 games between regular season and playoffs. His teams have gone 9-10 during his absences.

The fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft injured his right hamstring in the Western Conference finals last season, which forced him to miss Game 6 and 7. The Rockets lost both games as the Golden State Warriors came from 3-2 down in the series to secure a spot in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season.

A second hamstring injury in just over six months is also concerning from a financial standpoint as far as the Rockets are concerned, as Paul signed a four-year extension worth $159.7 million in July.

The loss in Miami ended the Rockets' five-game winning streak and Houston slipped to 16-15, which currently sees them hold the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

With over a third of the season gone, the conference standings suggest the race for the postseason could be harder than ever this year. Along with the Rockets, the Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies are also 16-15, while the San Antonio Spurs are 17-15 and the Dallas Mavericks are 15-15.

Back-to-back home games against the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the latter of which is scheduled for Christmas Day, are next up for Houston.