After blowing out the Warriors by 40-plus points and tying the series 1-1 , the Clippers latest worry is the health of Chris Paul. According to head coach Doc Rivers, Paul has been limited in practice, needing extra care to keep his heath maintained.
“He won’t do much,” coach Doc Rivers after the blowout. “He may do a little tomorrow but nothing today. We’re not doing anything today anyway, but I don’t need him doing anything.”
Paul’s injury came in Game 1 of Clippers-Warriors. He left the game to have trainer Jason Powell check him out, but later returned to propel a Clippers run that fell short of victory. In Game 2, Paul was forced to do little, playing a total of 27 minutes, as the team created a huge lead in the first two quarters, not having to worry about much from that point on. Finishing the game with 12 points, 10 assists, and 6 assists, showing little sign of a hamstring issue, but clearly, there was something if Rivers sees he can’t practice properly.
The third game of the series isn’t played until Thursday, so Rivers says Paul will use the two days between today and now to rehab his hamstring.
“The two days are huge for us and him. It’s funny: We go into the series talking about J.J. and Jamal and we left the game last night thinking we need two days for CP. So these two days will be good for him.”