Chris Paul Injures Thumb, Out 6-8 Weeks

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Chris Paul
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L.A. Clippers star Chris Paul is scheduled to have surgery on his injured hand today. The bad news came after the Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Paul suffered the injury in the 2nd quarter of the game and was ruled out for the rest of the game. An MRI later revealed he had a torn ligament that would require surgery, sidelining the fourth leading scorer through the NBA All-Star break.

Chris Paul injured, the Clippers Rotation

Not only is Paul sidelined, but he will stop playing before Blake Griffin is able to make a return to the lineup coming off injury as well. Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton will start at point guard in Paul’s absence.

The Clippers made the announcement via their website Clippers.com.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, likely forcing him out for the next six to eight weeks.

Paul, who will undergo surgery Wednesday, left Monday’s game against the Thunder with a sprained left thumb and didn’t return. Initial X-rays showed no break, but further tests Tuesday morning revealed the tear, which occurred after Paul jammed his left hand on Russell Westbrook’s right leg in the second quarter.

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