Are the L.A. Clippers down a man after Chris Paul’s injury in Game 4 of the playoffs?! The star point guard fractured his hand on the court April 25….and things aren’t looking good.
It’s an injury-plagued playoff season for the NBA, and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is the latest victim. While playing his heart out against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 25, the 30-year-old fractured the third metacarpal of his shooting hand. Will he be back for Game 5?
Unfortunately, it’s not looking good. Chris will have to get re-evaluated on April 27, but it’s likely he’ll need surgery that could keep him out for three to six weeks, according to ESPN. “It doesn’t look good for him,” coach Doc Rivers admitted.
The injury happened with 6:07 left in the third quarter, and sadly, the Clippers lost the game 98-84, evening up the series 2-2. It also didn’t help that starter Blake Griffin suffered a strain in his left quad, too, which kept him out for most of the fourth quarter, including the final six minutes of the game.
With Chris likely out and Blake only having a 50-50 shot at playing in Game 5 on April 27, it’s going to be a rough run for the Clippers as they try to make a playoff run.
The Clippers aren’t the only team facing major injuries, though: Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry, has been sidelined for at least two weeks with a knee injury. However, even with Steph on the bench for half of Game 4, the Warriors were able to beat the Houston Rockets 121-94, bringing the series score to 3-1.
It’s going to be an interesting couple of months as the playoffs continue — who do you think is going to win it all this year!?
Do you think Chris will be able to play, HollywoodLifers?