Preview: CP3 returns to Houston as a Warrior for the first time

If I told you in 2018 that the Golden State Warriors were traveling to Houston to face the Rockets featuring Chris Paul on a Sunday matinee, you’d probably shrug your golden shoulders and say, „I hope Steph destroys him.”

How my times have changed. Now Dubs is actually heading back to Houston to battle Clutch City, but now the Golden Empire is using CP3 and paying him a hefty sum to unleash his usual trade tricks against his former team.

Can’t wait!

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

When: October 29, 2023 | 4:00 PM PT

TV: NBC Sports Bay Area, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest

Radio: 95.7 Sports

Paul was part of Houston’s glorified two-headed monster with James Harden before he was exiled to Oklahoma City and moved to Phoenix. They were the ones expected to take down the dynasty Dubs, and with a prime Kevin Durant they held a 3-2 lead over the Warriors.

But Paul’s hamstring injury decimated Houston in that series, ultimately leading to 27 straight missed threes and a tough Game 7 that knocked the Warriors out of the conference championship. Houston. Here’s an excerpt from an ESPN interview that describes what suddenly happened, Paul’s painful exodus from Texas:

„I transferred about 15 people there with me,” Paul says. His wife, his children, and his brother and wife and their children. Relatives. Nanny, trainer, masseuse, security men, cook.

But Paul’s tenure with the Rockets was swift and ruthless. The number of laments spanned two seasons: Paul Hamstring, who didn’t make the finals in Year 1, and A relationship that eventually broke up with James Harden Year 2. After another playoff series loss Golden State Warriors In 2019, Morey shared with Paul that he had a deal with Rebuild Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul expressed his disappointment and desire to play for a rival.

Morey pressed for landing Russell Westbrook Tired of constant teasing by the franchise and a star in Horton, Paul made the deal. When Paul’s friend and former teammate Matt Barnes heard about the trade, he thought, „Wow, that’s a cool way to end it.”

Big mistake Houston. Now the Rockets are in rebuilding mode, while CP3 has found a new home in Golden State. Armed with the power of the Splash Brothers, Paul finally has a chance to do what he couldn’t in Houston: win the championship.

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