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Clippers' Paul cleared to play in Shanghai after finger injury

Xinhua, October 13, 2015 Adjust font size:

Los Angeles Clippers' point guard Chris Paul has been confirmed here on Tuesday to play in Shanghai stop of 2015 NBA Global Games despite suffering finger injury.

The All-Star missed last Sunday's game in Shenzhen, where the Clippers were upset 106-94, due to reportedly left forefinger's fracture in pregame practice.

"He looks good. He practiced today, so he should play tomorrow," said the Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers.

Besides Paul, Rivers also confirmed that his son, Austin Rivers, will appear on Shanghai court on Wednesday after suffering injury in practice.

Talking about different point guards currently playing in the league, Rivers has seen a "Golden Era" of PG now.

"It's so different now from the time when I played. At that time, point guards were pretty standard, dribble the ball, pass the ball, now you get Paul-type point guard, Curry-type point guard, and Irving-type point guard, there are so many different point guards now," he said.

"Maybe the best in the history of our game, and a 'Golden Era' of point guards."

Veteran Paul Pierce, who joined the Clippers this summer, celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday. As a partner with Pierce in the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Championship in 2008, Rivers called on reporters around the training court to sing a birthday song for Pierce.

The "Happy Birthday" song echoed in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where 2015 NBA Global Games will be played on Wednesday.

"Me and Paul (Pierce) together, we are 92," Rivers said jokingly.

Besides Pierce, Clippers also added some more new faces, including Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson.

"Have fun, build, and championship, that's our goal for the new season," said Paul.

"If we want to achieve that, during tomorrow's game and all the process, we need to trust each other as a team," he added. Endi