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.”
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."
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
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.
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 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.
October 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The Sixers have stopped fining Ben Simmons for missed games and practices given that he is now out for personal reasons, one source close to the situation says, confirming a report this afternoon from @Ramona Shelburne on the NBA Today. More from me: marcstein.substack.com
I had the Hawks at No. 6 in my Power Rankings heading into training camp, which I think was higher than most preseason prognostications. Then I got some grief from a reader saying that I should have had you guys lower because the new rules designed to cut down on free throws awarded to players who initiate contact would affect your game greatly. How are you adjusting so far to the way games are being called?
Trae Young: I think it’s a more an adjustment on both sides, but also just me playing my game. I’ve been in a lot of meetings with [NBA head of referee training and development] Monty [McCutchen], trying to make sure of what’s a foul and what’s not. A lot of the [contract I draw] is a foul. Me going in front and stopping on a dime and defenders continuing to run into me, that’s still a foul. The league is good at that — being open to communicating about anything. Especially if a guy has questions. It’s not just me. I’m sure a lot of other guys have called and just tried to get more clarification on what’s a foul and what’s not.
So you’re not worried about a different sort of whistle this season affecting your game? Trae Young: Nah. I’m not, to be honest with you, even thinking about the refs and the foul calls. I can score without the free throws. But I’m a smaller guy, so a lot of guys like to be physical with me. I like using their aggression to my advantage. That’s really what it is.