Chris Paul is reportedly out of the current 2016 NBA Playoffs with a broken hand a news that won’t be good for the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday with their best-of-seven series now tied at two-all.
Various reports and tweets confirmed the bad news for the Clippers and Paul’s status for the next game this series is still unknown but it looks like the Clippers PG will be out indefinitely.
Doc Rivers on Chris Paul's injury: "He'll get evaluated tomorrow, but it obviously doesn't look very good for him."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 26, 2016
Alex Kennedy added that other Clippers like Blake Griffin and JJ Redick are also suffering from various injuries and playing through pain in the Clippers-Blazers first round series. The Blazers beat the Clippers, 98-84 in Game 4 with the next game back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“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,” J.A. Adande of ESPN tweeted Monday.
The winner of the Clippers-Blazers series will like face the Golden State Warriors, who has a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets in their own first round match-up. The Warriors are expected to miss their own star point guard Stephen Curry for the next two weeks but should rejoin the team in the middle of their next series.
Watch the unfortunate Chris Paul injury in the video below:
Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto Final
Can the Clippers survive the series against the Blazers without Chris Paul? Will Portland take advantage and advance to the next round? Without Chris Paul, the Blazers are now seen as the team to win the best-of-seven series.
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