Los Angeles Clippers All-star Chris Paul has been ruled out for at least two games due to an inflamed rib cartilage. The MRI report showed a strained rib muscle. Paul sustained the injury on Monday.
Paul has featured for 31.3 minutes per game this season, the lowest in his NBA career. The Clippers have won three games in a row but Paul’s injury will make it tougher to keep up the momentum. The 8-time guard missed three games last month due to groin injury.
The Clippers lost to Indiana Pacers without Paul on Wednesday. They will face Orlando Magic on Saturday. Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers shall get more action due to his injury. Pablo Prigioni is also on the cards.
Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson’s ball skills are badly needed on Wednesday. The Clippers will begin a five-game road trip on Monday in Minnesota. Paul’s service is required in those games. Paul is one of NBA’s topmost point guards, a good scorer and passer, and skilled in the defensive end.
“Chris is out, and I’m assuming for the next couple of games, for sure,” Doc Rivers said before the Pacers game. The Clippers lost 101-93 to the Pacers on Wednesday to go down to 10-9.