LOS ANGELES — The LA Clippers announced Tuesday that Chris Paul will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He had left Monday’s game in the second half with a sprained left thumb and the follow-up X-rays showed the extent of the damage.
Treading water and staying afloat in the competitive Western Conference isn’t easy when your all-star forward is missing time due to an injury; the task becomes even tougher when your future hall-of-famer point guard gets hit with the injury bug too.
Blake Griffin is still expected to be out a few more weeks rehabbing his knee. The more pressing issue at hand, however, is the next few weeks without either of their stars.
Since the 2015-2016 season, the Clippers are 3-9 in games without both Paul and Griffin.
“I’ve seen Chris go off before and he tries to play,” J.J. Redick said following the win over Oklahoma City Monday. “I’m not assuming the worst by any means, but I recognize there’s probably a good chance he’s out a game or two, best case. “Worst case… we’ll deal with that.”
The Clippers are 26-9 this year with Paul in the lineup and 2-5 when he’s out.
Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game this season.