Clippers’ Chris Paul sprains thumb, but it’s reportedly not serious

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Without Chris Paul, the Clippers quickly go from the fourth best team in the NBA to pedestrian. CP3 is arguably the best point guard in the game — certainly the best traditional point guard and the best game manager at the point — and if he’s not lobbing to DeAndre Jordan and feeding Blake Griffin the rock, the Clippers are not near the same team.

So when he’s skipping practice with his hand wrapped, it’s a story. But the injury is not serious, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

While Paul didn’t practice Sunday because of his hand injury, he’s not expected to miss any real time. Paul’s officially being called “day-to-day” with a sprained left thumb, and injury he likely would be able to play with if the Clippers were in the regular season.

“He’ll play in definitely one of the two (remaining preseason games), and that tells you it’s not that serious,” Doc Rivers said.

That’s good news, both for the Clippers and basketball fans everywhere. Paul is a joy to watch play for basketball purists.

Paul and Griffin can be free agents next summer (expect both to opt out for sure), which adds a certain urgency to the Clippers season. They may well be the fourth best team in the NBA — but is that good enough to get out of the second round when San Antonio and Golden State are still in your conference? To have any hope, they need a healthy Chris Paul.