Houston Rockets Report: No set schedule for a Chris Paul return

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 17: Chris Paul
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 17: Chris Paul /

The Houston Rockets have made it clear that they want to take their time in bringing Chris Paul back from his knee injury with the team announcing no set timetable.

The Houston Rockets will be without their shiny, slightly-aged toy in Chris Paul for at least the foreseeable future as they have indicated that they want to make sure he is fully healthy before returning back to the hardwood.  We all know that CP3 has had his fair share of his injuries throughout this career and this was to be expected at some point.

I honestly just didn’t expect it to be this early into the season but it’s better that this happens now than in the latter stages otherwise it would’ve been detrimental to the team’s playoff spot push to which I’m sure they’ll be contending for a top spot if not THE top one in the West with the Golden State Warriors.

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni spoke with the media earlier this afternoon and here’s what he had to say about Paul’s injury via the Chron’s Jonathan Feigen:

"“It wasn’t responding as quickly as we wanted,” D’Antoni said. “I’m thinking he could be back next day, next day and it wasn’t that way. Right now, day-to-day, week-to-week, whatever you want to call it."

He also added this important tidbit:

"“We’re going to hold him out until it’s completely well. There really is no timetable on it. We’re going to make sure it’s 100 percent well. It hard to put a timetable on it. If it is (a month-long absence) it is. We’re equipped to win, anyway. Obviously, we want him back as soon as he can, but we’re not going to bring him back until he’s completely healthy because we don’t want himMore from House of HoustonAre you the 2021 FanSided Sports Fan of the Year?Houston Texans: 4 reasons Romeo Crennel is right coach right nowAstros-Twins Wild Card Series: 5 things to know as MLB postseason beginsHouston Texans: The Most Underrated Sports Drought EverHouston Texans: J.J. Watt’s early case for NFL Hall of Famelimping or not feeling it later on.”"

This is certainly the correct approach for the handling of Paul because knee injuries can be quite fickle in regard to the recovery.  Since it’s such a vital organ for what Paul does, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Despite the injury, Paul had four points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of action

against the Golden State Warriors this past Tuesday, which is a testament to his character of wanting to be there for his teammates.

In the meantime, Eric Gordon will be promoted to the starting lineup and I’m sure there going to look upon Demetrius Jackson and possibly Bobby Brown to try to help out in the meantime.  Jackson had two assists and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action against the Sacramento Kings this past Wednesday.

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I honestly think they need to check the market to see who’s available.  I think that Isaiah Canaan, Trey Burke and Beno Udrih all make decent options for the interim until Paul returns back into the lineup.

We’ll have to see how things pan out but this team will weather this brief storm quite remarkably.

Go Rockets.