Clippers guard Chris Paul suffered a fractured hand in Monday night’s loss to the Portland Trailblazers.
Paul likely will need surgery and will not play again for the remainder of the playoffs, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
The Clippers lost Monday night 98-84 to Portland which evens the series at 2-2.
More than losing a great point guard. Paul appears to be the one guy on the team who can keep things together. He’s the glue.
The Clippers lose their identity without Paul who is perhaps their most experienced and talented player.
Meanwhile, Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who missed significant time in the regular season due to a quad injury, appears to also have re-aggravated that injury and may not be available or at least at full strength when the series resumes Wednesday night for Game 5 in Los Angeles.
“We’re going home,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said post game via the Associated Press.
“All they’ve done is win two games at home just like we won two games at home. We’ve been in adverse situations all year, but our guys have come through and I expect us to do that at our place.”
Rivers continued, “Chris is taking this very hard. He’s worked all year to get back to the playoffs. For this to happen to him, he’s a very emotional guy.”