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Clippers' Chris Paul has time to rest hamstring injury

April 22, 2014|By Brad Turner
  • Chris Paul has been dealing with a right hamstring injury that first occurred in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
Chris Paul has been dealing with a right hamstring injury that first occurred… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

Having two days off to rest before the Clippers play another playoff game against the Golden State Warriors is a good thing for injured L.A. guard Chris Paul.

Paul has been dealing with a right hamstring injury that first occurred in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series between the Clippers and Warriors.

The Clippers don’t play Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that’s tied at 1-1 until Thursday night in Oakland.

“He needs it, because I think he’s doing everything he can with it, to be honest,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about Paul. “Two days are huge for him to get rest.”

Paul played 27 minutes 24 seconds in Game 2, finishing with 12 points, 10 assists and five turnovers.

When the series started Saturday, Rivers said he and his staff talked about starting guard J.J. Redick coming back from a bulging disk in his back and about reserve guard Jamal Crawford coming back from a strained left calf.

“We left the game [Monday] night thinking we need two days for C.P.,” Rivers said. “So these
days will be good for him.”

The Clippers didn’t practice Tuesday and Rivers said his team “may do a little” in practice on
Wednesday before they fly up to San Francisco for Game 3.

“But I don’t need him [Paul] doing anything,” Rivers said.

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