"I will be all right", Paul told Spears.
"We'll see [if he can play Game 6]".
Eric Gordon, who has averaged 14.7 points in the playoffs, will replace Paul in Saturday's starting lineup, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They'll do whatever they can do". If he's there [for Game 6], great, good for him. If he isn't, we have enough guys and it's time for somebody else to step up.
"We'll be all right. We're just trying to do our little piece and make it special for all these special people in Galveston County and Santa Fe".
The Pelicans reached the second round with a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, before the Warriors beat the Pelicans in a second-round series in five games.
Paul finished with 20 points. He also committed six turnovers.
The Rockets have kept the Warriors from moving the ball the way they're accustomed to, crowding them and forcing them into playing more isolation- style.
"The last two games, we've done that".
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets went 15-9 (.625) without Paul in the lineup in the regular season and 61-12 (.836) with him.
While everyone has been pitching in, the tone on defense, especially in these last two games, has been set by the aggressive play of P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela's presence at the rim. "I hope he's healthy".
Together with National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden, who averaged 30.4 points in the regular season and has netted 28.1 a game in the playoffs, Paul had the Rockets playing as a serious championship contender. But Paul remembered it, and a couple games later an opportunity for some semblance of retaliation came.