Chris Paul Injury Update: Clippers Star to Undergo Thumb Surgery

January 17th, 2017 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that point guard Chris Paul will undergo surgery on his left thumb after an MRI revealed a torn ligament.

Paul, 31, left Monday's 120-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter after jamming his thumb while defending Russell Westbrook. He did not return and was initially diagnosed with a sprain after X-rays were negative.

The Clippers expect him to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday.

Paul previously suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb during the 2012 offseason, though the timing allowed him to avoid missing games.

This is a frustrating blow for the Clippers, who appear snakebitten by injuries. Blake Griffin has been out with a knee injury since a Dec. 18 loss to the Washington Wizards and has no definitive return timetable. Even Paul missing the bare minimum of six weeks keeps him out until March.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke to reporters about the team's injury situation last month:

Obviously, I want everybody to be healthy. But there’s nothing I can d ...

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