HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee.

The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Mike D'Antoni says the plan is for him to start on Thursday when Houston visits the Phoenix Suns.

D'Antoni says: "He's ready to go."

The Rockets have played well despite his absence, with James Harden leading the Rockets to an 11-4 record, second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors.

The 32-year-old Paul will play restricted minutes as he eases his way back, but D'Antoni wouldn't say exactly how many minutes that would be.

Paul says he still has a way to go, but he's excited to be nearing his return.

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