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Chris Paul out for Clippers in showdown with Thunder

Jan 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

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Well, this takes a little luster off what could have been the game of the week.

Chris Paul will not suit up for the Clippers on Tuesday night against the Thunder, coach Vinny Del Negro confirmed before the game.

It’s the right move for Los Angeles — Paul had missed three games with a bruised knee, pushed to be back Monday against Golden State and was not near his All-Star self, scoring just four points and limping at points in the fourth. Better to rest him on the second game of a back-to-back right now.

For Thunder fans who think, “wow, we just dodged a bullet” know that Eric Bledsoe is starting and it’s not as big a drop off as you might think. The Clippers went 3-0 last week without Paul and they remain the NBA’s deepest team.

  1. jerdogthompson - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Disappointing yes. Surprising NO.

    Anyone who has watched the team/CP3 play knew he was hobbling against GS.

    I’m not the least bit worried as long as EB keeps the TO’s down. Should be a lot of fun to watch.

    Clippers 101-OKC 98.

    Buzzer beater by JC. Count it Baby.

    • letangusespertplus - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      didn’t count it.

  2. halohonk - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Good move sittin CP3. He will see enough of the Thunder in the Western Conf. finals. If the Clipps win tonite without him thats gonna play with Okies psychie come playoff time.

  3. fearthehoody - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    No Chris Paul on Chris Paul Bobble head night. Well planned

  4. sportsnut101 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Get use to it clippers fans Better sign Bledsoe to long term deal. After cp3 of course

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