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Chris Paul Fractures Left Index Finger

CP3 is hurt, but is NOT expected to be out long

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Per NBA's site, Chris Paul fractured his left index finger during practice Saturday. The injury is not considered serious and he is not expected to miss any significant time. Chris will be re-evaluated before Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Hornets in Shanghai, China.

In the meantime, Pablo Prigioni started for the Clippers last night against the Charlotte Hornets. Pablo played 30 minutes and recorded a stat line of: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers. It is equally notable that Blake Griffin had a stat line of 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists, along with 3 turnovers. Thus it is comforting to know that Blake can continue to be a valuable play-maker while CP3 is out. Lance Stephenson also showed off some play making ability with 7 assists in 27 minutes of play.

Going forward Doc Rivers may seek to use this extra time to work out rotations for the reserve players while letting Chris Paul rest and recover. It is worth highlighting that Kobe Bryant in 2010 also suffered a right index fracture and decided to keep playing. While Kobe was able to play through the pain, the consequences to his finger were not light. Granted, the injury may not be comparable (that remains to be determined), but here's to hoping a quick and speedy recovery for Chris Paul.