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Doc Rivers on whether Chris Paul plays in Game 2 vs. Rockets: ‘Right now, I just don’t think so’


UPDATE 12:59 p.m. ET: At Wednesday morning’s shootaround, both Doc Rivers and Chris Paul expressed doubt that Paul would be ready to go in Game 2.

“I pretty much doubt it, to be honest, just from talking to him,” Rivers said, via Arash Markazi of ESPN.com. “But we’ll see. Right now, I just don’t think so.”

“It’s one of those things that you don’t want to make it worse than it already is,” Paul said.

12:30 p.m.: Chris Paul was sidelined with a hamstring injury in Game 1 of his team’s second-round series versus the Rockets, but thanks to a historically-great performance from Blake Griffin, L.A. managed to win anyway, and steal Houston’s home-court advantage in the process.

With the Clippers now playing with house money, there might be a temptation to sit him once more, ensuring he’s as right as possible for the remainder of what would then be a relatively short five-game series.

But Doc Rivers doesn’t seem to be leaning that way just yet.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

There’s a “50-50” chance Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Doc Rivers said Tuesday. …

“I’d say 50-50,” Rivers said when asked what his gut feeling on Paul playing Wednesday was. “I honestly don’t know. My gut before last night was there would be a good chance [he would play Wednesday] so I’d probably lean that way. He looked good walking today.”

Rivers said he would not play or rest Paul based on the Clippers winning the first game of the series without him.

“If he can play, he’ll play,” Rivers said. “We just want to make sure he’s healthy.”

The schedule for this series doesn’t exactly lend itself to rest; games take place every other day until there are two days between a possible Game 6 and a Game 7, which would take place in Houston on May 17 if necessary.

The Clippers undoubtedly want to give themselves the best chance possible at winning Game 2, a feat that would put the Rockets in an 0-2 hole that may seem insurmountable. But Rivers shouldn’t be short-sighted, here. If there’s even a chance Paul isn’t right, and could aggravate his injury to the point where it could affect him in the later rounds, then L.A. should take the cautious approach and once again sit him out.

John Wall out for Wizards-Hawks Game 2 tonight

Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

John Wall and Bradley Beal both suffered injuries in the Wizards’ Game 1 win over the Hawks, but both were expected to play in Game 2 tonight.

Not happening for Wall.

Chris Miller of CSN:

This is obviously horrible news for the Wizards.

Wall dictates their offense, and they don’t have a reliable replacement, because they surely didn’t bank on needing one. They put a heavy load on Wall and ask him to carry them.

Ramon Sessions will likely moving into the starting lineup, and Garrett Temple and/or Will Bynum will have to fill in behind him. Temple has yet to play this postseason, and Bynum has seen just four minutes.

The offensive loss is larger, but Wall’s absence will be felt defensively, too. Jeff Teague will have a much easier time operating, and his effectiveness trickles down to the rest of the team.

I hope the Wizards are happy with a split in Atlanta, because winning without Wall tonight seems nearly impossible. Then again, the Clippers did surprisingly well without Chris Paul last night.

PBT Extra: Will Doc Rivers sit Chris Paul in Game 2?

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After a surprising Game 1 win, it feels like the Clippers are playing with house money. Los Angeles earned at least a split on the road to start its second round series against Houston; the Clippers showed the toughness from the Spurs series that the Rockets were unprepared for (the Clippers are not the Mavericks).

So should Doc Rivers sit Chris Paul in Game 2? Should he give CP3’s strained hamstring more time to heal, as those are tricky injuries that can be easy to aggravate?

That’s what Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra. Personally, if he’s not 100 percent I would rest him again — make the Rockets prove they can stop the offense going through Blake Griffin first.

More than 24 hours before the game, CP3’s status remains a coin flip.