As if the absence of power forward, Blake Griffin, wasn’t bad enough, it now looks like the Los Angeles Clippers will be without superstar point guard, Chris Paul, for the next six to eight weeks due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. The injury was sustained on Monday when Paul was facing off against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The news comes as a major blow to the playoff-hopeful Clippers, who have already been without Griffin for nearly a month now, as he’s still recovering from an arthroscopic knee procedure he underwent back in mid-December. Since then, Paul has been carrying the Clippers to the best of his abilities, but now it seems head coach Doc Rivers will have to turn to Austin Rivers and the aging duo of Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton to fill in for Paul.
Despite the loss, the Clippers are still remaining positive:
“Blake’s going to be back soon,” Clippers guard J.J. Redick said. “Next guy up, I guess. We’ve kind of dealt with this quite a bit lately, and we’ll continue to plug away.”
The Clippers are currently fourth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 29-14. They will look to stay competitive in the absence of their two best players, however, it may be easier said than done to replace a player of Paul’s caliber, who had been averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 assists per game in January.