Injury Report! Clipper's Chris Paul On Course to Recover after his Thumb Surgery!
The LA Clippers are quite on a roll after league’s longest active win streak after their back to back seventh straight win with Monday’s 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But one of the most important players for Los Angeles Clippers is injured, and it is certainly not good news for Clippers.
Caption: Chris Paul getting injured in a match against Oklahoma City Thunder on 16th January 2017.
Clippers guard and franchise player Chris Paul underwent surgery on 18th January to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, Clippers announced. Paul is expected to be sidelined at least for six to eight weeks. He injured his left thumb during the second quarter of Monday night clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
The LA Clippers got some more bad news today, learning PG Chris Paul will miss 6-8 weeks due to injury. Get well soon @CP3!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 18, 2017
X-rays on Paul’s thumb were negative, but an MRI revealed the torn ligament. It is never a good sign when one of your franchise players kicks a chair in frustration after being hurt in the game, but the x-ray scan after the match yielded negative.
The good news for Clippers produced by the x-rays was, in fact, proved to be untrue as an MRI taken on 17th January revealed a torn ligament in Paul’s left thumb.
Chris Paul was defending Russell Westbrook in a match against Oklahoma City Thunder when he sprained his thumb fighting over a screen set by Joffrey Lauvergne at the top of the 3-point line.
The Clippers called a timeout shortly after Paul reacted and he immediately walked off the court shaking his head, kicking the bench as he exited. Paul could also be seen on the TNT broadcast shaking his head. Paul shakes his head at Clippers team trainer Jasen Powell as both of them walked through the player’s tunnel to the locker room.
Caption: LA Clippers this season with and without Chris Paul.
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It is not the first time Paul suffered a setback through injury. He also had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb back in 2012. Paul’s Surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Shin, who also oversaw Paul's 2012 operation.