Doc Rivers on Chris Paul: ‘Yeah, I was going to activate him. He looked good yesterday’

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Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers
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Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul remains sidelined and is currently recovering from an injury. However, coach Doc Rivers revealed that CP3 could return to the court soon after seeing him in their practice.

“Yeah, I was going to activate him,” Rivers said before Wednesday’s game. “He looked good yesterday.”

In mid-January, Chris Paul underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. It was announced that he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks. As much as the Clippers want him back, there is no exact timetable for his return.

However, Paul is showing some improvement in his recovery. Recently, he attended the Clippers’ practice and was seen dribbling and shooting. Paul wants to be in perfect shape once he has been cleared to play again.

“That was the one thing, the blessing that it was the other hand – the left hand – that he’d be able to shoot and run and play right away,” Rivers said. “You just can’t touch him, but he looks good. Honestly, he looked amazing yesterday. I was thinking, ‘Hell, can’t we just put him in and put a cast on that thing and go for it.’”

The injury was the main reason why the Clippers were easily eliminated in the 2016 NBA playoffs. As of now, everyone’s hoping that all of the “Big Three” will stay healthy in the upcoming postseason. When Paul was out, the Clippers lost five of their last seven games despite the return of Blake Griffin.

Chris Paul remains calm despite Clippers’ recent struggle

However, in some of those games, several players managed to step up and prove that the Clippers remain as a tough team even without their stars. Despite their recent struggles, Chris Paul remains optimistic regarding the Clippers’ future this season.

“That ain’t gone nowhere,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports about the meaningful optimism he shared during the Clippers’ hot start. “It’s crazy. For me, if we win all those games (during this past backslide), it doesn’t matter. All that matters is ‘Can you beat a team four out of seven times (in the playoffs)?’ That’s how my mind works. You beat a team on a Monday night in January, coming off a back to back, and everybody will be like, ‘Oh, this means that they can play (at the highest level),’ we’ll be all right. I’m big picture (person), you know what I mean? I think we’ll be fine. I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

As of now, the Golden State Warriors are still the top favorites to dominate the Western Conference. However, the Clippers will surely give them a tough battle as they aim not only to appear in the West Finals but to win the 2017 NBA championship title.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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