According to NBC Sports, Paul is expected to be able to play in Game 6 on Friday, which is superb news for the Clippers organization. Without Paul on the court, Los Angeles would have an incredibly difficult time winning in their second opportunity to eliminate Memphis.
Paul tried to play through his pain, but was unable to finish the game and sat out the final minutes. He was quoted after the game saying:
“I don’t know what happened. I just felt a sharp pain. I’ll be alright. I’ll be ready. I’m playing Friday.”
In addition to Paul being suffering an injury, Blake Griffin sprained his knee, but Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said both players should be good to go for Game 6.
Obviously, once game day arrives, we'll know more but, at the moment, the Clippers look to be catching a break. If they had lost both star players, their playoff dreams would have been shattered.
Since Paul makes the Clippers so much better, it's fantastic news that he should be playing in Game 6. After all, every fan should want both teams to be at their best, as it increases the chances of an epic game as opposed to an unentertaining blowout.
Los Angeles had a great opportunity to close out the series against the Grizzlies and move on to the next round where they would then battle the red hot San Antonio Spurs.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Memphis came out strong and the Clippers' injuries made it hard for them to come back and win the game.
Since the Grizzlies still have to win two games to take the series, Los Angeles has some room to be cautious with their star players being banged up. However, both are most likely going to play in Game 6, so the Clippers can go ahead and end this series.
They wanted to be done last night so they wouldn't give the aging Spurs extra rest, but things didn't go their way.
If the Clippers aren't able to have both out on the court, they'll hope that Paul is the one who can play more so than Griffin.
Don't get me wrong, Los Angeles needs each to play but, if they could only have one, Paul is the guy they need the most. He's been their top player this series, averaging nearly 23 points per game.
Without Paul running the show, the Clippers would be at a big disadvantage. It's great that he is expected to play but, of course, you never truly know until it's closer to game time.
It looks as though Paul will be able to play, meaning there is doubt the Clippers are thanking their lucky stars today.
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