After battling through a right hamstring injury in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been cleared to play in Thursday’s Game 3 at Oracle Arena, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
“It’s all right,” Paul said. “I didn’t do a whole lot but I’ll be ready for tonight.”
Paul originally suffered the injury in Game 1 and played on restricted minutes in Sunday’s game as a precaution. The All-Star point guard is not the only Clipper dealing with an injury as teammate Jamal Crawford re-injured his left calf in the first half of Game 2. This draw some level of concern given it is the same injury that sidelined him for five consecutive games late in the regular season. However, Crawford is expected to play in Thursday’s contest.
“I got lots and lots of treatment,” Crawford said. “The calf limits you a lot. It happened in the first half of the last game and I pulled myself out. I just felt it and I knew. It’s discouraging but you just got to get through it. It’s the playoffs. I’ll be OK. No question. I’m playing.”
With Crawford and Paul both dealing with reoccurring injuries that will likely limit their effectiveness, the Clippers will need Blake Griffin to once again to be the primary contributor scorer with the starting lineup. As for the bench unit with Crawford hobbled, Danny Granger and Darren Collison must both step up offensively in order for Los Angeles to take an all-important Game 3 from the Warriors.
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