Report: Clippers’ Chris Paul cleared, could play against Warriors on Thursday
Chris Paul tore a ligament in his left thumb last month, and the Clippers announced he’d miss 6-8 weeks.
He could return just over five weeks after injury, when the Clippers face the Warriors on Thursday.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers, via Andrew Han of ESPN:
The Clippers have slid to fourth in the West, leading the fifth-place Jazz by just half a game. It’s probably too late to catch the third-place Rockets, who are five games up. But maintaining home-court advantage in the first round is important.
Paul should help.
The Clippers remain dangerous when healthy. They’ve outscored teams by 15.1 points per 100 possessions when Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick share the court. With those four, they score and defend at rates that would lead the league if it weren’t for Golden State’s historic offensive rating.