NBA Injuries

Chris Paul has hamstring strain

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Chris Paul goes down with a hamstring strain

On Thursday, with four minutes 33 seconds left in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs, Chris Paul apparently injured his left leg. He left to the locker room, seen holding his hamstring. The injury occurred when he was chasing Tony Parker off a screen. He began grabbing at the hamstring immediately and was visibly hobbled by it on the offensive possession.

The Los Angeles Clippers would go on to defeat the Spurs, 106-101. CP3 left the game scoring 19 points, with six rebounds and six assists. Paul has dealt with his left hamstring in the past. Remember the 2014 playoffs against the Golden State Warriors or the 2015 playoffs against the Houston Rockets?

CP3 was trying to get loose in the locker room, so it’s still likely just a minor tweak. Chris Paul has gone on to say that “I’m OK,” Paul said after the game. “I had just tweaked my hamstring a little bit. Obviously, this has happened before so I’m glad I caught it when I did.” It is unknown at this time if he will play tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. If you need to make a decision for tonight with Paul, I would safely say he won’t play.

Clippers are already missing their star forward Blake Griffin, so being without Paul for any good length of time could lead to detrimental results in the standings. I would tend to believe that they will sit their point guard until he can fully heal and be ready to go without the nagging issues. The Clippers are in second place, four games behind the Warriors in the Pacific Division. They are also in third with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles is going to miss their aging star for any amount of time he will be down. He is a true point guard in every sense of the word, and plays tough defense, even at the age of 31. He is gonna’ score, dish, and steal by the minute.

As long as Chris Paul is out, look for this crew to step forward. Austin Rivers (eight points), Jamal Crawford (11 points) and Raymond Felton (13 points, four rebounds, three assists). Those looking to make a speculative add, I’d recommend Felton. He is more of a true point guard and should see the majority of the minutes.

 

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