Chris Paul, Warriors Guard, to Have Surgery for Fractured Left Hand

Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul fractured his left hand during a game against the Detroit Pistons and will undergo surgery next week.
‣ Despite the injury, Paul is expected to return this season, although there is no specific timetable for his recovery.
‣ Paul’s injury could impact the Warriors’ performance, as the team’s turnover percentage increases significantly when he is off the court.

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Chris Paul, the Golden State Warriors guard, has fractured his left hand. The injury occurred midway through the third quarter of Friday night’s 113-109 win over the Detroit Pistons. The team announced after the game that he will undergo surgery next week.

Paul is expected to return this season. The injury happened with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter. He was trying to grab a long rebound off a missed 3-pointer when his hand awkwardly hit Detroit’s Jaden Ivey.

Immediately, Paul started clutching his hand. He then headed to the locker room. There’s no set timetable for his return. Depending on the injured bones, a fractured hand can take 1-2 months to heal.

According to multiple NBA betting sites, the Golden State Warriors are 11th in line to win this season’s championship. Sportsbooks show better odds for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns.

“That’s tough,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I feel so bad for Chris. And I know he’s had a couple of hand surgeries before, I believe, maybe on the other hand. I saw him holding it and instantly was worried.

“Just got the word after walking off the floor. So I feel terrible for Chris, and obviously, guys will step up and be ready to play. We’ve got to hold down the fort without him.”

Paul has a long history of injuries in his 19-year playing career. 11 of these were hand injuries — five to his left and six to his right. The 12-time All-Star has had four surgeries on his hand or wrist. His most recent surgery was on his left wrist while with the Suns, following his 2021 NBA Finals appearance.

Chris Paul has three games with 10 assists and zero turnovers this season. This is the second-most in the NBA. “I just feel bad for him. I know he’s been through some hand stuff in his career,” Stephen Curry said. “We are trying to find a groove as a team … and he’s been such a huge part of that.”

At 38, Chris Paul has made 10 starts in 31 games with Golden State this season. The 11-time All-NBA member is averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 27.7 minutes per game. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the 6-foot guard has recorded three games with 10 assists and zero turnovers this season, the second-most in the NBA behind Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton.

Paul’s assist-to-turnover ratio this season is 6.1, the second-best in the league, trailing Tyus Jones. In Golden State’s 132-122 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 30, Paul notched a season-high 24 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block in 33 minutes as a starter.

Kerr added Paul to the starting lineup four games ago. This was to help get Curry off the ball more. The move was also made because Draymond Green is still serving his indefinite suspension.

Golden State Warriors’ turnover percentage increases to a league-worst 16.2% when Paul is off the court. “I’m able to adjust to whatever is out there. I know that’s another challenge now going back to another different lineup with CP out,” Curry said. “I’ve got to be able to make the adjustments, Klay’s got to do the same, for us to continue to be aggressive.”

When Paul is on the court, the Warriors have a 13.2% turnover percentage, 10th-best in the NBA. Paul is averaging only 1.2 turnovers per game. Golden State’s percentage increases to 16.2% when he is off the floor, the worst in the league.

“I feel for him, but at the same time, it’s next man up,” rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “Chris never loses his voice and so being on the bench, being able to talk to us, that’s one of his biggest attributes and that’s something that he won’t lose. He’ll still be invested in the game.”

Besides Green and Paul, the only other Warriors player on the injury report is veteran guard Gary Payton II. He remains out indefinitely with a left hamstring strain. After Paul’s injury, the Warriors are expected to rely more on Cory Joseph and Brandin Podziemski. Before Kerr moved Paul into the starting lineup Dec. 30, Podziemski was part of the first unit.

James Shotwell
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