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Houston Rockets expect Chris Paul to finally return from injury this week

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After making one of the biggest acquisitions of the summer by bringing in Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets have been starved of his services since the opening game of the season.

CP3 suffered a knee injury in pre-season but even though he managed to play in the opener against the Golden State Warriors, he hasn't taken to the floor since.

After almost a month out, the franchise has been boosted by the news that the point guard is finally ready to make his return and kickstart his career in Houston.

He is expected to suit up at some point this week, with head coach Mike D'Antoni hoping to have him available for their next encounter against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

"We don't want to push it," D'Antoni said, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. "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. (Thursday's game) is what we're shooting for."

Paul started ramping up his workouts on Sunday and is due to practice with the team on Wednesday before they make a final decision on his participation in Phoenix, per Feigan.

The 32-year-old is a huge part of the Rockets' hopes of challenging the Warriors in the Western Conference this year and they expect him to create a lethal backcourt partnership with superstar James Harden.

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After some promising early signs in the pre-season, Houston fans have been made to wait to see the duo take the floor together and work their magic so far this campaign.

But that hasn't affected the team too much as they have coped well without the nine-time All-Star thanks to the brilliance of Harden.

Prior to Tuesday night's huge loss at home to the Toronto Raptors, the Texas-based outfit was on a six-game winning streak and was tied with Golden State for the best record in the west.

'The Beard' has been on a tear again this year and has put on a number of outstanding offensive displays already. He's currently averaging 30.7 points and 10.3 assists per game and is running the team's offence expertly.

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With Paul out, Eric Gordon has stepped into the starting lineup and is also having an impressive season posting 22.1 points.

Houston is already proving they will be a serious threat to the defending champions from the Bay Area and the return of one of the league's best point guards will make them even more formidable.

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