It feels very unlikely Paul will be 100 percent in time for game 7 on Monday night either.
But if they don't - if they allow the Rockets to get going from three-point range and get their hometown crowd behind them, and go into the fourth quarter in a close game - Golden State's season could very easily be over in a few short hours.
According to oddsmakers, the Warriors are a 6-point favorite to win on the moneyline.
"Well, I think it's going good", D'Antoni said in a Sunday evening conference call regarding Paul's injured right hamstring.
After a couple of days to recover, the weekend's NBA winners will meet Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC.
There is something appropriate about the Houston Rockets' championship aspirations hinging upon the availability of guard Chris Paul. If he is able to play, the Rockets will have a strong chance to take down the Warriors in front of their home fans. "Game 7 at our house".
Golden State is attempting to reach the finals for the fourth straight year, while Houston seeks to break a two-decade drought in reaching the NBA's biggest stage.
There's no guarantee that if the Rockets do all of this they can still win Game 7. Golden State got to within five with just over four minutes left in the half before a quick five points from James Harden and another three from Gordon put momentum back on Houston's side. The Rockets' 50-point third quarter Game 4 of their first-round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves bested the 1987 Lakers.
His 27 points were crucial in a Game 4 victory, while his 18 second-half points in Game 5 led Houston to another win and a 3-2 lead in the series.
He could miss his opportunity to finally beat the Warriors. Just nature's got to take care of it. His numbers are drastically better in Houston's three losses: 31.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 3.7 3-pointers with shooting splits of 48.4 FG% and 40.7 3P%.
"He's frustrated", Steve Kerr said.