James Harden says the Rockets will simply have to “figure it out” after Chris Paul injured his left hamstring in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.
The veteran point guard was hurt during the second quarter of the 101-99 loss, which snapped a five-game winning streak.
After the game, coach Mike D’Antoni said “it’ll be some time” when asked how long Paul might be sidelined. Paul, 33, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday in Houston.
Paul missed Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Finals last season against the Warriors because of a similar problem with his right hamstring, but Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, says the Rockets must find a way to cope.
“We’ve got to figure it out,” he told reporters. “Injuries happen.”
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Rockets guard Eric Gordon accepted that Paul will be a big loss to the team, not least for his playmaking abilities.
“It’s definitely tough because he’s a big-time playmaker and ball-handler for us,” he said.
“In this offense, you need all of the playmaking that you can have and usually me, Chris and James have the ball in our hands trying to playmake for other people and provide good scoring.
“It’s definitely going to be tough. But we’ve just got to make adjustments and play even better.”
Thursday’s loss leaves the Rockets at 16-15 and eighth in the West, with the team having lost just 17 times in all of last regular season.