Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul broke his left index finger in Saturday’s practice in China and didn’t play in Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Clippers said the injury isn’t considered serious and that Paul will be reevaluated prior to Wednesday’s game in Shanghai against Charlotte. In addition to Paul hurting his finger, reserve guard Austin Rivers has a mouth injury that’ll keep him out of Wednesday’s game.
It’s certainly good news for the Clippers that Paul’s injury isn’t serious, as losing him for an extended period of time would be a rough way to start the season for a team with championship aspirations. Los Angeles has improved guard depth this year to better deal with a possible Paul injury, but they’d much rather not have to deal with that.
Veteran Pablo Prigioni got the start at point guard with Paul out, and he had five points and seven assists in the Clippers’ 106-94 defeat.