The LA Clippers playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy after two of their star players suffered serious injuries.
The Los Angeles Clippers — after receiving devastating injury-related news on Tuesday — announced that point guard Chris Paul will be out indefinitely (hand fracture) and power forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason (re-aggravated quad) as a result of injuries they suffered in a Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Paul’s injury occurred in the third quarter when he attempted to swipe the ball away from Blazers guard Gerald Henderson as he drove to the basket. Paul, noticeably frustrated when leaving for the locker room, eventually left the arena with a cast on his hand and his arm in a sling.
On Tuesday morning, he underwent surgery to repair the fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. Typical recovery time is between three to six weeks.
Minutes after Paul went down, Griffin re-tweaked the same left quad injury that forced him to miss the second half of the regular season. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning that revealed no structural damage, but he won’t be back on the floor for the Clippers for the rest of the postseason. He is, however, expected to be back for training camp.
With the Portland series now tied at two games apiece, the Clippers will have to, somehow, make do without their two perennial All-Stars moving forward. They play Game 5 in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and will travel back to Portland for Game 6 on Friday.
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