‣ Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul is set to undergo surgery for a fracture in his left hand and is expected to be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks.
‣ Paul’s injury coincides with the end of Draymond Green’s suspension, who is expected to return to the game next week.
‣ In Paul’s absence, coach Steve Kerr plans to give players like Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski more playtime.
Chris Paul is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his fractured left hand, per @wojespn
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Chris Paul’s got a tough break ahead. He’s set for surgery to fix a fracture in his left hand. Word on the street is that the Warriors guard won’t be back in action until after next month’s NBA trade deadline. ESPN’s saying he’ll be out of the game for about 4 to 6 weeks.
Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to spill the beans. He said, “After undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand this week, Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.” That’s straight from the horse’s mouth, folks.
The injury happened during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Chris is 38 now, and this isn’t his first rodeo. He’s had 11 surgeries over his 19-year career, six on his right hand and five on the left. But hey, every cloud has a silver lining, right? The eight-day All-Star break in February should soften the blow of his absence.
Draymond Green’s suspension is also wrapping up. He’s been benched for 12 matches. Wojnarowski mentioned, “His departure comes after Draymond Green’s suspension ends. Green is expected to return to game action sometime next week.” So, that’s something to look forward to.
Stephen Curry, Paul’s teammate, is bummed about losing him. He said, “I don’t know how long he’ll be out, but I just feel for him personally because he does such an amazing job of taking care of his body.” Curry added, “A freak play like that to sideline him, it’s tough. We’ll worry about the stuff with the team as it comes, but for him personally I just hope he keeps his spirits up.”
Now, with CP3 out until February, Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski might get more time on the court. Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to give these guys more playtime. But he also mentioned that it’s not just about how many minutes a guy plays. It’s about who’s playing, what’s the combination, what’s happening in the game.
Curry also talked about the team’s struggles. He emphasized the importance of being ready to adapt to changing line-ups and injuries. He said, “There’s a lot of narratives around our team and who’s supposed to play and our depth and the amount of guys you can argue should be in the rotation. If you look at any team in the NBA, injuries when they pop up, you have to have that next-man-up mentality.”