PHOENIX — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is set for his return from a left knee injury Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Paul has missed 14 of Houston’s 15 games, with the Rockets winning 10 without him. The nine-time All-Star was getting stretched out in a side room near the visitors’ locker room about an hour and 40 minutes before Thursday’s tipoff.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said the plan is to limit Paul to 20 minutes in his return game. After being traded to Houston from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, Paul was hurt in the season opener against Golden State.

Rockets center Nene also is expected to play after missing two games with a right foot sprain.