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Would the Rockets have advanced to the NBA Finals with Chris Paul?

The Houston Rockets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors, but there was a glaring hole in the Rockets' roster: Chris Paul. The "Point God" sat out Game 7 with a strained hamstring he injured prior to the game. Many feel his presence on the court would have been the difference maker for the team. Others point to Houston's poor performance overall and believe Paul would not have affected the outcome—even if he was healthy. What do you think? 🏀

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Paul's absence in Game 7 was undeniably backbreaking. James Harden had to go back to full-time playmaking and scoring duties like he did before Paul arrived. We know how that story ends.

Without the Point God on the court, the Rockets were lost. On defense, the Rockets gave up 5.6 more points per 100 possessions during the postseason with Paul on the bench. Without Paul hounding the guards on the perimeter, the Golden State ran all over Houston. Paul would've gotten the Rockets to the NBA Finals if he was on the court.

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It wouldn't have mattered if Michael Jordan was on the court in Game 7, the Rockets would have lost.

When you live by the three, you die by the three. The Rockets shot themselves out of this game by missing 37 three-pointers, a playoff record. This included a stretch where they bricked 27 straight from beyond the three-point line. Chris Paul could not have changed the outcome if the team misses the same number of shots. It was the Rockets' inability to hit key shots that doomed the team in Game 7, not Paul's injury.

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Would the Rockets have advanced to the NBA Finals with Chris Paul?
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