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Chris Paul could return as early as Thursday

Xinhua, February 23, 2017 Adjust font size:

The Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that Paul could return from a thumb injury as soon as Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors.

Paul, the nine-time All-Star, tore a ligament in his left thumb in a Jan. 16 loss to Oklahoma City and missed 13 games recovering from surgery.

"He looked great. He went through the whole practice (on Tuesday). You know, so it was good. Really good," Rivers said on Wednesday. "He could play tomorrow. I mean, I can't tell you if he will or not, but he's been cleared medically. But we just want to make sure that he's comfortable playing."

Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game on 61.1 percent true shooting this season. The Clippers are 11-19 without Paul over the last two seasons.

"I'm not going to rush it. If Chris says he's not comfortable, I'm not going to play him because we're playing Golden State. It's not worth it; you don't win anything tomorrow," Rivers added. Enditem