Chris Paul Injury: Updates on Clippers Star's Thumb and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
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Updates from Saturday, Feb. 22

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times has an update on Chris Paul's status:

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The Los Angeles Clippers just got All-Star Chris Paul back from injury, but it looks like they may be heading back down that path yet again.

Dan Woike, who is the Clippers beat writer for the Orange County Register, filled us in on the latest:

The swollen thumb occurred during Los Angeles’ 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Paul displayed his overall excellence throughout the game and finished with 18 points, 14 assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Arash Markazi of ESPN provided an update that should give Clippers fans an injection of optimism:

Los Angeles is locked in a heated battle with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers for positioning in the Western Conference playoff race, so if Paul were to miss any time, the impact would ripple through the league.

However, Blake Griffin played some of the best basketball of his career during Paul’s previous absence, so the Clippers would likely be able to tread water until their superstar point guard returned, especially since it appears to be a minor injury right now.