Chris Paul injury update: Rockets expect guard to return Thursday

Chris Paul is ready to get back on the court.

After an extensive absence, the Rockets are hopeful to have the star guard back in the lineup Thursday when the team takes on the Suns, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Paul has been sidelined since the team’s Oct. 17 season opener because of a bruised left knee suffered Oct. 11 against the Grizzlies when he collided with Mario Chalmers. He recently increased his workload at practice.

 “We don’t want to push it,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday (in Memphis). He worked out hard (Sunday). We’ll see how he feels Tuesday and Wednesday. That (having Paul play on Thursday) is what we’re shooting for.”

Paul, 32, played through the injury in the Rockets’ season-opening victory over the Warriors but has missed Houston’s last 14 games. He logged four points on 2-of-9 shooting with 11 assists and nine rebounds in his lone performance.

The Suns (5-10) are scheduled to host the Rockets (11-14) at 10:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

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