Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni also will be able to increase Chris Paul’s playing time limit from 20 to 22 minutes which will probably be 23.
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Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said even with Mbah a Moute out, he’s holding Chris Paul to 20 minutes. Said if not, Jason Biles would tackle him. Expect Chris Paul to be held to 20 minutes again Saturday in Memphis. After that, and three days between games, TBD.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul listed as questionable. Nene doubtful.
After a light day on Monday with the Rockets off following the back-to-back, Paul is expected to go through a more extense workout on Tuesday and the Rockets’ practice on Wednesday. The Rockets would not decide when he will play until Thursday when they can measure how he responds to the practice sessions and the flight to Phoenix.
The practice was not much of a test of his readiness to return, still not projected until next week. Friday’s practice between games and before a back-to-back was more of a walk-through than a full practice and not as much of a test as his workouts have been. “He got on the court a little bit,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Things are progressing.”
Mark Berman: Ryan Anderson on Chris Paul back on the court and shooting before practice. (Paul getting closer to returning): “It’s awesome. I’m glad to see him out here. I know he’s excited to be out on the court.”
Mike D’Antoni on Chris Paul’s return: “He’s probably rounding second and pretty close to third.” D’Antoni estimated Paul would need “five days or so” of practice once he’s cleared for basketball activities to build up his endurance before returning to game action. “I just hope we can get him back quickly so we can start building on what we really have.”
As Paul and D’Antoni see it, the nine-time All-Star will likely return at some point in t he next two weeks. He has made key progress in the past week, having gone from the boxing and water-treadmill routine that helps maintain his wind to the kinds of on-court activities that typically precede a return. “Um, he’s probably right,” Paul said about D’Antoni’s recent proclamation that he was approximately two weeks away.
“We won’t know really what we look like until I get back out there,” Paul said. “(But) man, I’m learning so much – so much. …I think the biggest thing that we talk about as a team is communication, so we’re trying to make sure we continue to get better and better at that – especially on the defensive end.
D’Antoni, whose offense was second only to the Warriors last season, has entrusted that end of the floor to assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik since last season. But Paul’s view, on that topic and many more, is being heard. “He’s seeing things where we can get better, what we need to do,” D’Antoni said. “A lot of (his feedback) is personnel driven. He knows the league really well, and what works with guys. We talk about plays. We talk about everything. It’s more or less, well ‘We can definitely do this,’ so you file that away. Or ‘we can do that,’ or ‘we need to pick our pace up, and to be able to do that then we can do this…’ We just more or less talk.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul said he still did not have a timetable for his return from a bruised knee, though he did not disagree with Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s guess that Paul could be back roughly Nov. 16, if not a game sooner or later depending on how quickly he progresses once cleared to practice. “Shoot, Coach told me I was going to play tomorrow,” Paul said. “I don’t know. I’m working, getting there. Very tough (to be patient,) very tough. I can only go as fast as they’ll let me.”
Paul, who went through shooting drills on Saturday, said he has been swimming or boxing every other day. D’Antoni said there have been no setbacks, but the Rockets are determined to hold out Paul until he is 100 percent. “Every day that goes by we get a little bit closer,” D’Antoni said. “It can’t be close enough. He’s getting there.”
Jonathan Feigen: Paul said he’s been swimming and boxing. Could not provide timetable. “I’m working, getting there. Coach told me I was going to play tmrw.”
“It wasn’t responding as quickly as we wanted,” D’Antoni said. “I’m thinking he could be back next day, next day and it wasn’t that way. Right now, day-to-day, week-to-week, whatever you want to call it. “We’re going to hold him out until it’s completely well. There really is no timetable on it. We’re going to make sure it’s 100 percent well. It hard to put a timetable on it. If it is (a month-long absence) it is. We’re equipped to win, anyway. Obviously, we want him back as soon as he can, but we’re not going to bring him back until he’s completely healthy because we don’t want him limping or not feeling it later on.”
Marc Stein: There are fears that Chris Paul’s knee problem could sideline him for a month in Houston, according to league sources
Marc Stein: The Rockets have made it clear that they plan to be cautious with Chris Paul given the lofty goals they have in mind for a long playoff run
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni on Paul’s sore knee: “It’s only a bump. It’s not a tear or something like that.It’s a bruise. We just have to make sure he’s 100%.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul is out tomorrow vs. Mavs.
Mark Berman: Chris Paul ruled out tonight against the Kings
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni said Paul was “playing on one leg.”
Jonathan Feigen: CP3 on the knee: “I got through it. I’m a hell of a cheerleader. It’s fun, man, because you know what guys are capable of.
Jonathan Feigen: CP3 on the knee. “It’s cool. 7:30, I’ll be there.”
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says Chris Paul will not play tonight as a precaution. Said Chris bumped knees with someone the other night. Will be fine for the opener. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul is out tonight vs. New York with a bruised right shoulder.
Chris Paul examined his crooked knuckles and the surgical scars that form tiny road maps on his hands. He has torn various ligaments in his thumbs and has broken bones in his fingers. He has worn casts and splints. His hands, though, are the indispensable tools of his trade, no matter how gruesome they look. “I’ve got the worst fingers,” he said.
In a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he jammed his left thumb fighting through a screen, tearing his ulnar collateral ligament — not to be confused with his radial collateral ligament, the one he tore on his right thumb training for the Olympics in 2012. Few people on the planet have firsthand knowledge of the difference between R.C.L. and U.C.L. tears. Paul is one of them. (They both hurt, he said.)
After spending several weeks squeezing a tiny rubber ball to rebuild the strength in his thumb, Paul has since returned to the court. He would like to stay there. “Just trying to keep my hands out of the way,” he said.
Injured point guard Chris Paul could return as soon as Thursday against the Warriors, as he appears ahead of schedule on his initial recovery timetable of six to eight weeks. Paul, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb Jan. 18, was back on the practice court Tuesday and Wednesday, just five weeks after the injury.
“He could play tomorrow,” head coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday’s practice. “I can’t tell you if he will or not, but he’s been cleared medically. We just want to make sure that he’s comfortable playing.”
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers says Chris Paul has been cleared medically to play, and that he could play tomorrow vs. the Warriors depending on how he feels.
Brad Turner: Chris Paul practiced yesterday with Clippers. Still no timetable for his return from left thumb surgery
Chris Paul, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb almost two weeks ago, was on the court dribbling and shooting before practice Wednesday. Paul is expected to miss a total of six-to-eight weeks, the team announced after the Jan.18 surgery
“As a teammate, you feel bad for Chris,” Redick said. “He puts so much into his vocation. It’s awesome to watch and be around him every day and see how much he cares about what he does. Being hurt when you care this much (stinks). You feel bad for him. You know how competitive he is.”
“It’s going to be hard on some of them,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The guy that played the minutes before was Austin, he played those (40-minute games). We don’t want to do that. That’s probably why we didn’t play as hard, because guys were playing too many minutes. I think J.J.’s minutes have to go up a little bit, Jamal’s minutes will have to go up because we don’t want to tax Raymond and Austin to the point that they’re not doing what they do well. Raymond’s a great ball pressure guy. If you start playing him 38 minutes, his ball pressure goes down.”
Brad Turner: Chris Paul had successful surgery today, the Clippers said.
Clippers guard Chris Paul will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team announced. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. Paul, 31, sprained his left thumb in the second quarter of Monday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and was ruled out for the rest of the game. X-rays on the thumb were negative, but an MRI on Tuesday revealed the torn ligament in his thumb.
“It (stinks) – more than us losing one of the very best players in the NBA – he really loves the game like few others,” Jamal Crawford told SCNG in a text message. “So, you feel for him personally as well. To lose him to a fluke injury like that (stinks), but we’ll try and hold it down until we get him back.”
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.
Clippers guard Chris Paul sprained his left thumb with 3:04 left in the second quarter of Monday night’s 120-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and was ruled out for the rest of the game. X-rays on the thumb were negative, but further tests need to be done to determine the extent of the injury. “We don’t know yet,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “The original X-ray was negative on his left thumb. They’re going to do an MRI tomorrow, so we’ll know more. I didn’t see [what happened]. I guess they said [Russell] Westbrook came down on [Paul’s thumb]. But whenever you see a guard pull their hand out, you pretty much know what just happened.”
Fred Katz: Doc Rivers just said no Chris Paul tonight.
Mark Berman: Chris Paul at Los Angeles Clippers shoot around but will not play tonight (hamstring). Doc Rivers did say “If it was a playoff game he’d be playing” pic.twitter.com/A7uDEfFvMJ
Calvin Watkins: Clippers coach Doc Rivers explains the thought process for sitting Chris Paul tonight against the Rockets. pic.twitter.com/GMUHqRQnjN
Mark Berman: Doc Rivers says Chris Paul is out tonight for game against the #Rockets
Paul, who added eight rebounds and six assists, was not on the court for the final possessions, though Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters that was because they didn’t want to push him past 30 minutes coming off a hamstring injury. “Given my minute restriction and stuff like that, we had to think long-term,” Paul said. “All in all, I think we’re going to be OK. … At the end of the day, we want to be healthy at the right time.”
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will be out at least one more game as he recovers from a left hamstring strain, coach Doc Rivers said following Sunday’s 111-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul was initially cleared to play in the Christmas night matchup at Staples Center, but ended up sitting out his second consecutive game after he didn’t feel comfortable while going through pregame warm-ups.
Dan Woike: Doc said Chris Paul could play Christmas night.
Chris Paul said he was fine, despite coming out of the third quarter of the LA Clippers’ 106-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night with what the team called “a strained left hamstring.” “I’m OK,” Paul said. “I’m glad I caught it when I did.”
Dan Woike: Chris Paul also said he’s 100 percent healthy.
Dan Woike: Chris Paul said his wrist is healed & he’s back on the court. CP, along with State Farm, opened a refurbished Boys and Girls Club in Carson
“@reginafrye69: @JCrossover is @CP3 doing ok with his hand? We know you have great handles?”-i– yes getting a lot better! #pointgod
Arash Markazi: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin did not make the trip. They will be watching Game 6 in Los Angeles. es.pn/1XYeexT
Marc J. Spears: Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he felt horribly for veteran Clippers guard Chris Paul and described his injury as “brutal.”
Marc J. Spears: The Clippers say Chris Paul is out indefinitely after having surgery this morning in Los Angeles to repair a right hand fracture.
Arash Markazi: Chris Paul is actually still in surgery. He will be out 4-6 weeks at least. es.pn/1T30q0u
Ben Bolch: Chris Paul probably out at least 4 weeks, said Alidad Ghiassi, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at Keck Medicine of USC. Alidad Ghiassi did not examine Chris Paul but said 4-week timetable is minimum for his type of broken hand. Eight weeks would be maximum.
Dan Woike: Chris Paul “probably” is done for the rest of the playoffs though the team will know more tomorrow, per a source.
A source said Chris Paul is “most likely” out for the rest of the playoffs because of the broken bone in his right hand. It’s possible there could be a better prognosis after more X-Rays once the swelling goes down.
It happened when Paul was guarding Portland’s Gerald Henderson. “Well, I didn’t see the play, I just know he fractured his hand,” Rivers said, glumly. “He’s going to get it evaluated tomorrow, but it obviously doesn’t look very good for him.”
Chris Paul left Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers with a rib muscle strain and didn’t return. It was not immediately apparent how the injury occurred, but Paul was favoring his ribs and left the game early in the third quarter after posting 10 points, six assists and three rebounds in 24 minutes.
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”