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Chris Paul | Guard | #3

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (4) / NO
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Chris Paul dished out 17 assists with zero turnovers on Sunday, adding 15 points and nine rebounds in 41 minutes during an overtime win vs. Charlotte.
CP3 had never recorded seven assists and five rebounds in a single first quarter in his esteemed career, but he did it in the first quarter tonight. He also passed John Stockton with the most games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds without a single turnover, having done it six times. He shot an uncharacteristic 4-of-18 from the field tonight, but needless to say, he's looked perfectly healthy since returning ahead of schedule from thumb surgery. Feb 27 - 12:54 AM

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Chris Paul returned to action on Friday night during a 105-97 loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

In his first game back since Jan. 16, CP3 admitted there was some rust on the offense. "There’s no excuses," Paul said about the loss. "This was our first game with everybody. I probably threw some guys off, but we’re going to figure it out." Loss and low assists aside, Paul beating his timetable by a week and getting 33 minutes is encouraging. Expect him to be a first-round player after a very brief adjustment period.
Feb 25 - 3:19 AM

Chris Paul (thumb) will return to the lineup to face the Spurs on Friday night.

He's back. CP3 tweeted out that he was going to return for this game, so this isn't a surprise despite the questionable tag. He has done some conditioning while he's been out and he was cleared a couple days ago, so there's no reason to think he'll have a hard limit. Austin Rivers and Ray Felton will take a backseat.
Feb 24 - 8:53 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

For what it's worth, Chris Paul tweeted "back at it" this afternoon, which suggests he'll be back out there. Paul is still about a full week ahead of his timetable, but he is medically cleared to play. This game won't tip until 10:30 EST, so we likely won't be getting anything concrete on his status until 9:00. If CP3 is back, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton figure to lose minutes.
Feb 24 - 3:23 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

The Clippers are on a back-to-back set, so CP3 has a decent chance to play on Friday against the Spurs. Coach Doc Rivers called his Hall of Fame point guard "iffy" for that game, though. He has been cleared to play in games, but he did beat his target date by about a week. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will get another go with an expanded role.
Feb 23 - 9:12 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul (thumb) is "out most likely" for Thursday against the Warriors.

He is technically listed as out in the game notes, but there is a chance he will play. The Clippers start their second half on a back-to-back set, so he may have a chance to play against the Spurs. For tonight, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will handle the ball more while a lot of action will go through Blake Griffin.
Feb 23 - 2:21 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) remained listed as out in the game notes for Thursday against the Warriors.

He reportedly could play and has been cleared. For what it's worth, the game notes had him listed as out after the report came out that he could play. In other words, we're treating this report more like a "doubtful" to play.
Feb 23 - 1:40 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) has been cleared to play and could play Thursday against the Warriors.

It would appear he's almost certainly going to beat his target of early March. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul looked good in practice, but the team has yet to decide for sure on CP3's status in the "Cool Story, Glen" game to start the second half. CP3's return means Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will all be taking massive hits and are drop candidates. Blake Griffin has also busted loose as a passer with 7.8 assists per game over his last five, so that stat will be dropping, as well.
Feb 22 - 3:05 PM

Basketball Insiders is reporting that Chris Paul and the Clippers have already "verbally agreed" to signing a new, long-term contract this summer.

CP3 has a player option of $24.3 million for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to opt out this summer and then sign a new, five-year deal worth north of $200 million. Paul turns 32 in May, so inking to him to a massive, long-term contract is somewhat risky, as he will be making over $30 million annually during his age-35 and age-36 seasons. However, he is still playing at a very high level and his game is not overly dependent on athleticism, so he will likely age better than other comparable point guards.
Feb 21 - 9:24 AM

Chris Paul is making solid progress in his recovery from left thumb surgery, but his initial 6-8 week timetable has remained unchanged.

"If there’s ever a silver lining to getting injured, it’s nice when you get injured and it’s not leg or feet, where you can run and shoot and do all this other stuff, and he’s able to do that," Rivers said. "He’s shooting, running, doing every drill. He’s running offense by himself – I’m sure he scores every time. But he’s in the gym every day with our guys." It sounds like CP3 could meet the early end of his timetable, which would put him back on the court for L.A.'s matchup with Houston on March 1.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 7 - 2:50 PM

Chris Paul (left thumb) was spotted doing some light shooting and dribbling following Tuesday's practice.

CP3 is currently at Week-2 of his initial 6-8 week timetable, so he still has a ways to go before he's back on the court, but this is a tiny baby step in the right direction. Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will continue to hold down the point guard spot in his absence, with Jamal Crawford seeing some increased opportunity off the bench. Surprisingly, Rivers has seen the largest uptick in value sans Paul, and he's worth a look in standard leagues if you want some 3-point shooting.

Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and he's expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks of action.

This timetable puts CP3 back on the court right around the fantasy playoffs, but in the meantime it'll be Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers running the point in Los Angeles. Blake Griffin (knee) isn't expected to get back for at least another 1-2 weeks, so Jamal Crawford could be looked to more often on offense. If you're in a standard league and struggling in the standings without an IR-spot, selling CP3 for pennies or outright cutting him may be the only course of action here.

Chris Paul has a torn ligament in his left thumb that will require surgery and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

This is a brutal blow for the Clippers. With this report, we likely won't see Paul back until March at the earliest. Luckily, that's just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will both benefit and look like great pickups in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 7:14 PM

Chris Paul will receive an MRI on his injured left thumb on Tuesday.

Paul sprained his thumb in the second quarter of the Clippers victory over OKC on Tuesday. Paul did miss time this preseason with a sprain to the same thumb. The good news is the X-rays came back clean and the injury is to his non-shooting hand. "We just have to hope for the best," coach Doc Rivers said. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers would see a big boost if CP3 is sidelined.
Jan 17 - 12:08 PM

X-rays on Chris Paul's left thumb came back negative.

This is awesome news because it means we can rule out any breaks. CP3 will have additional tests on Tuesday morning which will include an MRI, so hopefully we get more good news. For now, the Clippers have diagnosed him with a sprained left thumb and he should be considered day-to-day barring another update. If we learn that he will miss additional time, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will benefit the most.
Jan 17 - 12:05 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Chris Paul
2Austin Rivers
3Raymond Felton
SG1J.J. Redick
2Jamal Crawford
SF1Luc Mbah a Moute
2Wes Johnson
3Paul Pierce
4Alan Anderson
PF1Blake Griffin
2Brandon Bass
3Brice Johnson
C1DeAndre Jordan
2Marreese Speights
3Diamond Stone