Posted by Ben Golliver
Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Friday that All-Star guard Chris Paul is "unlikely" to play in a Friday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a left hamstring strain, according to Clippers.com. The Los Angeles Times reported shortly before gametime that Paul was officially out but that he might play on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul underwent an MRI last Sunday which revealed no major results and was listed as day-to-day by the Clippers. Since then, he sat out all three games of a back-to-back-to-back against the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers went 2-1 without him.
In Paul's absence, the Clippers will have veterans Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye, recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson, and reserve guard Mo Williams, who returned WEdnesday after missing three games with a foot injury.
On the season, Paul, 26, is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 37.3 minutes per game.