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The Los Angeles Clippers are poised to open their first playoff series in five years and Chris Paul skipped practice.
The All-Star guard whose December trade helped propel the Clippers to 40 wins - their most since 2006-07 - sat out Friday while recovering from a strained left groin that sidelined him during their last regular-season game.
Paul says he'll be ready to go for Sunday's opener in Memphis, where the Grizzlies closed strongly by winning 11 straight games.
The Clippers definitely need him. Paul averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 assists in helping them win two out of three against the Grizzlies, who earned their victory at home in the final meeting this month.
Paul's arrival just before the lockout-shortened season began has led to a dramatic change in the Clippers' fortunes.
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Chris Paul stood in front of a group of reporters at the Clippers practice facility on Saturday and said that he will play in his team's first playoff game Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
"No, I'm playing," he said. "I'm good."
Paul said that his mild groin strain, which kept him sidelined against New York on Wednesday, felt "all right...
The Los Angeles Clippers wanted to win Wednesday night at New York. They wanted to earn home-court advantage for themselves. But ultimately, the Clippers decided they wanted Chris Paul as healthy as possible. Paul, who suffered a mild groin strain Tuesday night, was in uniform Wednesday against the Knicks, but the team elected to have him sit. The Clippers missed Paul's...
LOS ANGELES (AP) --The Los Angeles Clippers are poised to open their first playoff series in fiveyears and Chris Paul skipped practice.
The All-Star guard whoseDecember trade helped propel the Clippers to 40 wins -- their most since 2006-07-- sat out Friday while recovering from a strained left groin that sidelinedhim during their last regular-season game.
Paul says he'...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Paul is in uniform but didn't start for the Clippers against the New York Knicks because of a mild left groin strain.
Paul scored 34 points despite the injury in a 109-102 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday night.
Eric Bledsoe was starting in the backcourt alongside Randy Foye for the Clippers, who went into the game tied with Memphis for fourth place in the...
NEW YORK Self preservation can have a powerful pull. And so when the decision came to tell Chris Paul that due to a sore groin he would be sitting out the season finale, one in which homecourt advantage for the Clippers' first-round series with Memphis hung in the balance, it was not a particularly hard one for Vinny Del Negro.
Homecourt advantage is something more than an...
As the Clippers surged back from an 18-point deficit Wednesday, Chris Paul bounced out to meet his teammates as they returned to the bench after a New York timeout.
He did so with a limp, the result of a sore groin that kept him from playing.
When the Lakers wrapped up their season Thursday in Sacramento, it was with Kobe Bryant wearing a suit and his new title, Coach Bryant...
Vinny Del Negro preferred helping Chris Paul heal rather than seek homecourt advantage against Memphis.
"CP3" expects to be A-OK come Sunday.
Chris Paul, the Clippers' All-Star point guard, was held out of practice Friday with a mild groin strain that had sidelined him during his team's loss at New York on Wednesday.
Paul, who was named the NBA's Western Conference player of the month for April, has been receiving treatment for the injury and said he's improving...
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