Outside of tearing a ligament or breaking a bone, there aren’t many injuries worse in professional sports than that of the hamstring variety. No, they’re not the post painful (well, tell that to the person experiencing it) but they tend to linger, which is why there is a bit of concern in regards to Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul who strained his hamstring on Wednesday evening.
Paul, who helped the Clippers defeat the New York Knicks left the game with a tender hamstring, but says he’s going to be ‘all right’ and even told head coach Doc Rivers and the medical team he’d be able to return if needed:
“I think he’s doing good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “[Clippers trainer Jasen Powell] said he could have come back in but there was no chance he was coming back in. Chris has told me already twice that he’ll be ready for Friday but that doesn’t mean that that’s true. That’s just what he said.”
Of course, as we’ve all seen many times, minor hamstring tweaks can often lead to much more severe problems so the team will likely be cautious with Paul going forward. That’s not to say he’ll miss Friday’s game against Sacramento, but even the slightest of problems and it’s likely he’ll be removed.