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Chris Paul injury: Clippers’ guard slowed by hamstring in practice

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul was limited in practice on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury and will continue to be closely monitored by head coach Doc Rivers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.com

The injury took place in Game 1 of the Clips’ first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles fell 109-105 in that contest before coming back with a vengeance in Game 2 on Monday with a 40-point, 138-98 win.

With the series knotted up and headed to Oakland, the Clippers will use every bit of caution when it comes to ensuring CP3 is as healthy as possible. 

“He won’t do much,” coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday. “He may do a little tomorrow but nothing today. We’re not doing anything today anyway, but I don’t need him doing anything.”

As far as nagging ailments in the middle of critical playoff series go, the timing for this one is relatively good. 

Paul was able to rest on Monday because of the blowout, logging only 27 minutes. Game 3 isn’t until Thursday, so there’s plenty of time for the All-Star to get rest and treatment before testing it once again in the Bay Area. 

Elsewhere on the injury front, guards Jamal Crawford (strained left calf muscle) and J.J. Redick (back) continue to show little signs of wear after dealing with injuries of their own at the tail end of the season. 

Despite winning at home convincingly, the Warriors are a tough out on their home floor, where they went 27-14 during the regular season.  

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.