NBA News: Chris Paul out 6-8 weeks, other Clippers must step up

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The Los Angeles Chris Paul is already missing star forward Blake Griffin, but another injury could derail their current campaign in this regular season. According to latest NBA news, starting point guard Chris Paul will also be out due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The initial diagnosis is that the Clippers star player will be out six to eight weeks and will need surgery. That’s a return after the All-Star break or in early March this year and Paul is unlikely to play in the All-Star Game if he’s selected as one of the members.

‘Next man up’ for Clippers with Griffin, Paul out

This is an unfortunate development for the Clippers, who have already missed Griffin the past month. Griffin is set to return late January but they need him back more than ever now if the Clippers want to maintain their status as one of the better teams in the Western Conference.

Paul injured his thumb during their blowout win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Monday. A frustrated Paul was seen kicking a chair after he suffered the injury in the 120-98 win.

The Clippers play badly when Paul is out. Last month he missed some games due to a hamstring strain and L.A. went on a six-game losing streak when their star PG was out.

“You worry when he doesn’t come back out in the second half. Because I’ve seen Chris go off before, and he tries to play. So I’m not assuming the worst by any means, but I recognize that there’s probably a good chance that he may be out a game or two, best case,” Backcourt mate J.J. Redick told ESPN when asked about the latest Paul injury.

“Worst case, we’ll deal with that. In the immediate future, hopefully, it’s not serious. But if it is, Blake is going to be back soon. Next guy up, I guess. But we’ve kind of dealt with this quite a bit lately. We’ll just continue to plug away.”

The Clippers are currently on a seven-game winning streak. To continue this run they need other players to step up when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks in their next three games.

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