As if the Los Angeles Clippers weren’t facing enough in their Game 7 matchup with the Golden State Warriors, they can now add a sprained thumb on star point guard Chris Paul to the list.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Paul was in his practice warm-ups on Friday, but did not workout with the team.
Paul, who has already been bothered with a hamstring injury, has no intention of letting the thumb keep him out of Saturday’s NBA Playoffs Game 7.
“I’ll be there,” Paul said. “At 7:30 when that ball gets thrown up, I’ll be right there. I’ll be ready.”
The Clippers have been dealing with the ongoing fallout and firestorm surrounding owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments and the league’s subsequent banning of Sterling for life, as well as other injuries to key players. Despite all the distractions however, they have managed to fight to a 3-3 tie with the Warriors in the best-of-seven first round series.
“They felt like now they’ve been knocked back down and we have to start all over again,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “And I told them, ‘Yeah, you’re right. You do. There’s no quick solution to this. There’s no banner and then everybody will be good. We got to redo it.’ I told them that. I told them I want to be there for them as much as I can. But it’s hard.”