Guard Chris Paul on Friday went from longshot to no shot to play in Saturday's home opener against the Mavericks with the Rockets opting to hold him and his sore left knee out after watching him limp through Tuesday's win against the Golden State Warriors.

The Rockets do not consider the injury serious and coach Mike D'Antoni labeled Paul's availability after Saturday as "day-to-day." But after Paul's difficulties in the opener, when he made 2 of 9 shots though with 11 assists and eight rebounds, the Rockets have opted against having him play through the soreness that slowed him.

"It's only a bump," D'Antoni said. "It's not a tear or something like that. It's a bruise. We just have to make sure he's 100 percent the next time he plays.

"I don't think there's (concern.) All indications are he should be OK."