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It’s Unclear When Chris Paul Will Return From Rib Injury

Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul has missed the last two games with a rib injury, and it’s unclear when Paul will return to the lineup.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said over the weekend he wasn’t optimistic that Paul would be ready to go for the team’s next game, although J.J. Redick may be ready to return from an ankle injury, according to Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com:

“Don’t know if I’m as optimistic with Chris,” Rivers said Saturday. “With J.J., I’m a little more optimistic. He even tried to kind of talk guys into letting him play (Saturday)… If he feels that way, then hopefully by next game J.J. will be available.”

The Clippers’ next game is against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Redick missed Saturday’s win over the Orlando Magic and most of Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers after injuring his ankle in the first quarter.

Paul has missed five games this season for Los Angeles. He first dealt with a groin injury before suffering the rib injury last week. The Clippers have gone 2-3 without him in the lineup and needed a late comeback to beat Orlando.

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