Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Paul is fully recovered from his broken right hand, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports. Paul and Blake Griffin (quad) both suffered untimely injuries in Game 4 of the Clippers' first-round playoff matchup with the Trail Blazers, resulting in the dynamic duo missing the rest of the series as the Blazers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in six games. While Paul is back to 100 percent health, he's already opted out from suiting up for the United States team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, instead turning his attention to preparing for the upcoming campaign for the Clippers. Even with Griffin, his top running mate, missing most of the 2015-16 due to injury, Paul still turned in another excellent campaign, finishing with averages of 19.5 points, 10.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.6 three-pointers across 32.7 minutes per game.
Paul (hand) has been ruled out for the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his hand Tuesday. Paul fractured his third metacarpal on his right hand in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers and underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage. He will be reevaluated in four to six weeks, which could mark the end of the All-Star's season. The news comes on the heels of the Clippers decision to shut down big man Blake Griffin for the remainder of the season due to a quad injury. The injuries to Paul and Griffin could be the last nail in the coffin to an otherwise promising season for the Clippers as the Trail Blazers have battled back to tie the first-round series 2-2. The team has yet to name a replacement starter at point guard for Game 5 but it appears as though Austin Rivers will be a likely candidate, with Jamal Crawford and Pablo Prigioni also expected to see expanded minutes the remainder of the postseason.
Paul will not return to Monday's Game 4 after suffering a fractured third metacarpal on his right hand, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports. This is a devastating injury for Paul and the Clippers as it seems likely that he'll have to miss significant time off the court, although he's expected to undergo further medical tests when the team returns to Los Angeles before his timetable for return is set. In the meantime, Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni will see a bump in playing time, with Rivers likely in store for considerable minutes.
Paul went for 26 points (10-21 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and three steals over 38 minutes in Saturday's 96-88 Game 3 loss to the Trail Blazers. Despite the disappointing outcome overall, Paul continued his stellar play for the series, during which he's now averaging 26.3 points. He was solid from the field once again, and has shot no lower than 45 percent in the three games versus Portland. The All-Star guard continues to spearhead the Clippers offense, and will try to get the team regrouped in time for Monday night's Game 4.
Paul compiled 25 points (10-22 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, five assists and a steal over 30 minutes in Wednesday's 102-81 Game 2 victory over the Trail Blazers. The perennial All-Star put together an impressive encore performance to his outstanding Game 1 effort, and once again spearheaded the Clippers' offensive attack in their second straight double-digit victory. Damian Lillard has been no match for Paul over the first two games of the series, as he's been able to effortlessly score and distribute the ball at will. The 30-year-old is looking like the unquestioned series MVP through two games with averages of 26.5 points, 8.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
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