Should the Clippers be worried about Chris Paul's injury?
It might not be so noticeable for the Clips, but Chris Paul missed his 5th game in a row last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The bruised kneecap that is keeping him sidelined for a while isn't considered severe, however, it was enough to force the superstar point guard to miss his 8th game this season. The team is going slow with Paul's rehabilitation, pointing out that he is receiving a lot of treatment and they don't want to rush him back.
The five-time all-star acquired his knee injury on January 12th at a game against the Orlando Magic, with less than 1 minute left in the game. Of course his void is well filled by the young and talented point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is proving that he is ready for a starter position in the NBA. Despite his adjustment time, Bledsoe has proven to be a valuable piece and well capable of running the team and also helping in scoring and assists. As the Clips have accustomed us this season, they are performing really well as a team, even without their leader in the lineup and that's probably the reason why Coach Vinnie Del Negro and the team's medical staff gives Paul the chance to fully recover from his knee injury.
The nature of the Paul's injury should really worry the team's fans and staff, because if treated appropriately and the player gets some time to rest, he should be back in a few days without any complications on his way. Even Vinnie Del Negro has stated that Paul is listed as day-to-day and should be back within the next few games. To be honest, it's most preferable at this point of the season to keep Paul sidelined and let him recover at his full strength, before throwing him in a game. Especially now, that the Clippers don't need to push for wins in each and every game, as they have already managed to maintain a great winning record and almost secured a playoff spot.
Our team has such a great chemistry, that even with all of the injuries our players have had throughout this season and despite the new acquisitions this year, each member has responder really when and one covers the weaknesses of the other.
The most crucial and difficult games are up ahead us and we will be facing some really tough opponents during the playoffs. We have to make sure we got all our players fully healthy and well formed during that time. The time that we will be seriously contenting for the first championship in our franchise history is approaching and we have to be 100% prepared for it. Chris Paul should be back with us and in perfect shape by this time, so he can lead the way.
By Chris Michaels
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