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Clippers' Chris Paul will play tonight despite injured hamstring


By on 4/21/2014 08:00:00 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers lost the opening game of their Western Conference first round playoff against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday by the score of 109-105. With the loss, the Clippers have lost home court advantage, making game two all the more important. Point guard Chris Paul was stellar in a losing effort. He scored 28 points, added eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals, despite playing with a hamstring injury. Although still receiving treatment, he will be in the lineup tonight.

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Scott Howard-Cooper, who covers the NBA at NBA.com, tweeted the following confirming Paul's status.
The game is almost a must win for the Clippers, who do not want to go down 0-2 with the next two games at Golden State.  The Clippers will need another huge game from Paul if they want to even the series. Should Paul's injury act up, expect Darren Collison or Jamal Crawford to see additional minutes.

Paul, in his ninth season out of Wake Forest, averaged 19.1 points, 10.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 62 games this season. In 617 career games with the Pelicans and the Clippers, Paul is averaging 18.6 points, 9.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.






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