The most consistent point guard in fantasy basketball over the past several seasons has been hands down Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. He has constantly averaged over 10 assists per game throughout his career and has made a habit of filling the box score.
Unfortunately, Paul separated his shoulder in a game on January 3rd and the seven-time All-Star has been sidelined for several weeks. Before his injury, Paul was averaging a stellar 19.6 points and a league-leading 11.2 assists per contest. It was a devastating loss and left a gapping hole at the top of thousands of fantasy lineups.
After weeks of patiently waiting for him to come back, Paul finally returned to the court on Sunday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Paul only played 23 minutes and the All-Star sat out most of the second half. He finished the game with just seven points on 3-6 shooting to go along eight assists and four steals. He has a great night dishing and stealing the rock, but it wasn’t the shooting performance from CP3.
The fact that the LA won the game 123-78, though, was the main reason for Paul’s lack of minutes. It was his first game back and obviously the team wanted to be somewhat cautious with their franchise player, but the utter blowout helped the team make that decision. There was no sense in having Paul play 35 minutes in his first game when the team is winning by 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Paul will get more minutes as the rest of the week moves on and the superstar will be posting double-doubles before too long. If you own CP3, expect him to put up some big numbers over the final months of the 2013-14 season.