The Los Angeles Clippers continue to be one of the best stories of the 2012-13 season as they currently sit in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference with a 32-11 record. However, it’s difficult not to wonder whether or not the team should be concerned over Chris Paul and the status of his knee.
With two key upcoming matchups against the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers, it appears the Clippers will rest their star guard for the next two games to give him more recovery time. Despite playing earlier in the week, it was clear that Paul was having some difficulty with being on the court and the last thing Los Angeles wants to do is force him to play when his knee is too painful.
Hopefully, the surprise rest will give Paul enough time to recover and he can bounce back to his old dominant self as one of the league’s top point guards. When healthy, Paul is clearly one of the league’s best at what he does and has been a key factor for the Clippers success this season–so it’s no surprise to see the team being extra cautious about forcing him to play too much on the knee.
The most important factor here is the Clippers still have one of the top records in the league and hopefully Paul’s absence won’t be an issue over these next two games considering they’re both winnable games. Then again, any team is capable of having an off night–so it should be interesting to see what happens.
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