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If you were watching the Clippers-Thunder game last night, you probably noticed Chris Paul get caught up in a screen and hurt his hand. It turns out that he has torn a ligament in his left thumb and will require surgery which will put him out of action for 6-8 weeks. Paul was averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game this year. The Clippers, who are still waiting on Blake Griffin to return, are 28-14 which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference. Via NBA.com:
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.
Paul went around a Joffrey Lauvergne screen while chasing Westbrook, who jumped into Paul while attempting to draw a foul on a 3-point attempt. Immediately after the play, a frustrated Paul walked straight to the locker room with head athletic trainer Jasen Powell.