Chris Paul will start Game 4

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PLAYA VISTA, Calif. – Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul said he felt fine Saturday and would start Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

“I’m cool, I’m good, I’ll be ready for tomorrow,” Paul said. “There’s no speculation, probable or questionable. I’m playing tomorrow.”

Paul came out of his first game in nearly a week feeling good, playing just 23 minutes and finishing with 12 points and seven assists.

“He actually felt better today,” Doc Rivers said. “That was the best sign of the whole game.”

Paul missed the first two games of the series against the Rockets with a strained left hamstring. The Clippers lead the series 2-1.

“For me, it was about getting out there and trying to be that leader,” Paul said. “I tried to pick my spots as well as possible, but we still played through Blake [Griffin] as we should. He’s been our MVP in this series and we’re going to keep playing through him like we do.”

Paul averaged 19.1 points, 10.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season. It marked the first time in his 10-year NBA career that he started all 82 games in the regular season.