Chris Paul’s MRI negative, is game time decision for Game 1

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Chris Paul had a career-defining game in Game 7 against the Spurs, playing through a strained hamstring — seemingly dragging that leg around at times — to put up 27 points including hitting the game winner to advance the Clippers past the Spurs.

Now the big question as they head into Game 1 of Round 2, Monday night in Houston, is how is his hamstring feels now that it has had a day to cool down and tighten up? Will he be able to go in Game 1 at all? The Clippers need him to play — the drop off from Paul to his backup Austin Rivers is like stepping off the rim of the Grand Canyon.

The good news for Clippers fans is there doesn’t appear to be anything more serious than a strain, reports Arash Markazi of ESPN.

Paul is getting around-the-clock treatment to get him right for Monday night.

Will CP3 suit up Monday? I think Kevin McHale summed it up best.