Chris Paul is nearing his return from a bruised left knee he initially suffered on Oct. 11th and aggravated in their season opener. 

Paul ramped up his workouts on Sunday and could return on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

"We don’t want to push it,” Mike D’Antoni said. “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. That (having Paul play on Thursday) is what we’re shooting for.”

The Rockets have the best record in the Western Conference at 11-3 despite missing Paul since the opener.