|Paul is out eight weeks after thumb surgery. (Getty Images)|
The Clippers have announced that All-Star point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on his right thumb Tuesday. Paul injured the thumb during Team USA practice in early July, but the injury wasn't thought to be serious and Paul started for Team USA during the Olympics. The Clippers revealed in a press release that Paul had actually torn a ligament in the thumb, which necessitated the surgery. You can see the wrap Paul wore on his hand during Team USA practice here.
The Clippers expect him to be out eight weeks, which is going to push him right up against the start of the regular season, nevermind preseason and training camp, with the season starting in 10 weeks. It's possible Paul could make it back in time to adjust and get a handful of preseason games in, but it's going to be tight. In July, Blake Griffin underwent knee surgery after suffering a miniscus tear in his right knee during Team USA practice which kept him out of the Olympics.
So that's not ideal.
The injury must not have been major for him to have played through it as Team USA won the gold medal, but it's just one more scare for a Clippers franchise that needs this year to convince Paul to re-sign long-term.