It’s danger time for the Los Angeles Clippers if Chris Paul’s hamstring is bothering him.
CP just grabbed his right hamstring with 36.2 seconds left in 2nd
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) April 19, 2014
Way back in the month of November, Chris Paul sat out a game against the Sacramento Kings because of a strained hamstring. “I just strained my hamstring a little bit but I’m all right,” said Chris Paul on the matter in late November. That would be the last time we heard of the hamstring bothering the All-Star point guard.
Alas, here we are, in the playoffs, and it looks like the issue has arisen again. According to the media at Staples Center, Chris Paul exited the game and was checked out by trainer Jason Powell. Soon after he’d return to the game.
For a small guard like Chris Paul who relies on his lateral quickness, a hamstring could deplete his game mightily. Having to guard Stephen Curry on the other end of the floor, Paul’s health needs to be as well as it can be to keep him in order, not allowing Curry to get open shots from the perimeter.
Shooting 4-of-10 from the field, Chris Paul leads the Clippers in scoring with 13 points and has dished 4 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds. Down 9 points to the Warriors with less than 9 minutes left in the game, it’s gonna take an amazing effort from Chris Paul and company in order to win Game 1 of this series. We’ll see if he and his hamstring are willing.