Rivers calls Paul ’50-50′ for Game 2


VIDEO: Doc Rivers says Chris Paul is ’50-50′ for Game 2

HOUSTON — The Clippers know now that they can beat the Rockets without Chris Paul in the lineup. What they don’t know yet is if they’ll have to try to do it again in Game 2.

“Fifty/fifty,” said coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday before L.A. went through a light practice at Toyota Center. “I just don’t really know. He looked good walking today but I really don’t have a clue right now.

“That’s just a difficult decision. It’s a tough call. That injury, I’ve had it. It’s a hard injury for your trainer because he, at some point, is going to give you the thumbs up and he will be sweating that whole night because that’s an injury you just don’t know and it’s an injury you can’t do an x-ray and say that you’re all right.

“You have to trust your player, which is the worst guy to trust in this situation. At some point he is going to play and when he does, we are going to be sweating because we won’t know until he gets out there.”

Paul, of course, will be champing at the bit to get back in the lineup, even though the Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter Monday night for a 117-101 victory.

Game 2 will be played on his 30th birthday and conventional wisdom says that having gotten a leg up in the series with the road win in the opener, Rivers could buy added time for Paul’s left hamstring to heal and put him back in the lineup Friday night in L.A. for Game 3. But the coach said the 1-0 lead in the series is not a consideration.

“I didn’t ask (how Paul felt) because we didn’t do anything,” Rivers said. “I know he is going to  try to get some shots up or something but we will find out more (Wednesday). I have no idea. I honestly don’t.

“If he can play, he will play. We just want to make sure he is healthy. I really did not ask.”

2 Comments

  1. harriethehawk says:

    Wow. I must admit that I am very impressed that the Flippers didn’t need Cliff Paul to beat the Rockets. Well done guys.

  2. Tom says:

    They should sit Paul out as long as the Clippers keep winning.