Chris Paul Injury: Updates on Clippers Star's Knee

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 14, 2013

After bumping knees with Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick on Saturday, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has a knee contusion.

The Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner initially reported the news.


UPDATE: Friday, Feb.8, at 6:42 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis

For the first time since Jan. 21, Chris Paul will be in the lineup for the Clippers when they take on the Miami Heat, per Brian Windhorst of

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups & Jamal Crawford all will return from injuries for Clippers tonight at Heat.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 8, 2013

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Clippers fans as Chris Paul (knee) could return to action tomorrow, according to Los Angeles Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore.

The Clippers are optimistic guard Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups will play Friday against the Miami Heat.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 12:35 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

The hits just keep on coming for the Clippers, as Don Woike of the Orange County Register is reporting that the team will be without Paul once again for their game against Orlando. 

If you want to look at the glass half full, at least the Clippers are only playing the Magic. This Orlando team is a complete mess. It just put up 61 points in a loss against Philadelphia on Monday night. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2:20 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

The Clippers have been reeling without Paul in the lineup, and that doesn't figure to change in the immediate future. 

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Paul will not be active when the Clippers travel to Boston to take on the Celtics Sunday. 

Chris Paul will not play tomorrow vs #Celtics #Clippers

— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 2, 2013

The Clippers have lost three of their last five games, including a blowout loss against Toronto on Friday night. Paul is the engine that makes the ship go, so it is imperative they get him back at full strength as soon as possible. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9:44 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Chris Paul (knee) is not expected to play tonight, according to Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner.

The Clippers lost their last road game, at Golden State, but L.A. did win three road games prior to that with Chris Paul sitting out because of a bruised right kneecap. Paul is not expected to play against the Suns

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9:15 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Chris Paul will not play on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA.

Markazi tweeted:

Chris Paul is not playing tonight against OKC.

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 23, 2013


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UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:10 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Clippers tweeted out Saturday evening that Paul would return to the lineup for their game versus the Wizards that evening after missing the previous three games:

Chris Paul starting for Clippers tonight vs. Wizards after missing 3 games w/ bruised right kneecap. #RepLAC READ >

— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) January 20, 2013


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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Clippers will be without their floor general for the third-straight game, according to the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner:

VDN says Chris Paul not playing tonight with bruised right kneecap.

— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 17, 2013

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11:42 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Chris Paul (knee) is not expected to play tonight, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

...Paul continues to recover from a deep knee bruise that has forced him to miss the last two games and is expected to keep him out against the Timberwolves.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:41 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Confirming what most expected, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen is reporting that Paul will miss Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets:

No surprise : chris Paul is out.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 15, 2013

Like Monday night, it's expected that Paul will be replaced in the lineup by Eric Bledsoe.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

As expected, Chris Paul will miss tonight's Western Conference showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Times'  Broderick Turner reported, "Clippers point guard Chris Paul has a contusion in his right kneecap and will not play Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum."

Turner also notes that Paul's ability to play in tomorrow night's game against the Houston Rockets remains in doubt. 

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After Redick and Paul collided, Paul was able to finish the game, which the Clippers lost 104-101. But swelling in his knee hasn't subsided, and now Paul will be on the sideline for what should only be a short stay. 

Turner noted that during Monday's shoot-around, Paul was relegated to the sideline with a "stimulant device connected to his knee." 

The Clippers will certainly be hoping that stimulant machine helps and the point guard's recovery will be a quick one. Paul is the backbone of the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (28-9).

His team-leading 9.7 assists per game are vital to the Clippers' offense. He also leads the team in steals and minutes per game, and at 16.8, he trails only Blake Griffin in points per game. 

This isn't just about stats either. The Clippers' offense is built around Chris Paul's genius in the pick-and-roll. While his absence will be tough for the Clippers to overcome, they do have a solid backup in Eric Bledsoe. 

In 18.1 minutes per game this season, Bledsoe is third on the team in PER at 19.6. 

Also, when it comes to the Memphis game, Paul's absence will not be the only noteworthy one, as Grizzlies star Rudy Gay will miss the contest (per Turner) to attend his grandmother's funeral. 


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