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Chris Paul to undergo surgery for torn ligament in thumb

Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, left, grabs the ball against Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, left, grabs the ball against Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES – Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The Clippers said Tuesday that their All-Star guard will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the club’s medical staff.

Paul was injured on a first-half play involving Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in Monday night’s victory over the Thunder.

Paul didn’t return in the second half.

The Clippers are 26-9 in 36 games with Paul in the lineup this season. Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.


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