CHRIS Paul is receiving treatment "round the clock," according to Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.
But the charismatic guard is 'less likely than likely' to be fit for Game Seven of the NBA Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors.
The veteran Paul strained a hamstring late in the Rockets' win in Game Five on Friday in Houston and was reduced into a cheerleader in the Warriors' 115-86 win in Game Six on Sunday.
"He's devastated. He has to be. We're all devastated for him. At the same time, we'll rally and do what's right," D'Antoni said of his star guard.
"He's so integral in what we do and the spirit of the team. And him being here is a big deal, and him being on the bench is a big deal. He'll will us through, if he can."
Warriors coach Steve Kerr felt terribly for Paul — and others who have gone down.
"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris. The guy is 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," Kerr said.
Asked about Paul's status after the Game Six loss, D'Antoni said: “Not thinking about it. I don’t know. I have no idea.”
However, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, reporting on Paul's status, quoted sources as saying, "Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try."
Kerr said he is gutted to see Paul and others, like his own player Andre Iguodala, having to sit out games as big as those being played in the playoffs.
"I hate when anybody gets hurt. I hate when Andre (Iguadala) got hurt. I hate to see Kevin Love last night, Kyrie (Irving). These guys train so hard and they're here and they're competing, and you want everybody to be healthy, but just the reality is it usually doesn't work out that way. So you've just got to keep playing with whoever's there and keep going."