With over half of the NBA season already in the books, the Los Angeles Clippers have been one of the hottest teams in the league. They possess the fourth-best record in the Western Conference at 29-14, as well as riding a seven-game winning streak entering Thursday’s night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Unfortunately, their winning streak and season seem to be in jeopardy. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Brad Tuner, Chris Paul will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Sources say he is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
Paul’s injury occurred during Monday night’s 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. While defending Russell Westbrook in the second quarter, he sprained his thumb while fighting over a screen set by Thunder’s Joffrey Lavergne. Shortly after a timeout by the Clippers, Paul immediately walked off the court in frustration.
Despite having the fifth-best record in the league, the Clippers have done so plagued with injuries all season.
All-Star forward Blake Griffin has missed the last 13 games as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Sharpshooter J.J. Redick, who missed the last two games due to a sore left hamstring. In addition to his most recent injury, Paul has missed several games this season due to a strained left hamstring of his own.
Over the past two season, the Clippers have had their share of struggles when playing without Paul. Over the past two seasons, Los Angeles has possessed a 5-12 record in his absence. With Paul missing almost half of the remaining season. It’s safe to say that the Clippers championship window has officially close.