Chris Paul breaks finger during practice

Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul fractured a finger during practice in China yesterday, but is not expected to miss any significant time. Dan Woike of The Orange County Register reported Paul’s injury.

No timetable was given for just how long Paul would be out, but odds are he will miss just one preseason game as Woike’s story noted Paul would have played were it a regular season game. Thus, Clippers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Paul was instrumental in the Clippers’ success last season as he appeared in all 82 games and averaged 19.1 points, 10.2 assists and even 4.6 rebounds per game to go with 1.9 steals per game. Not at all bad for someone listed at six feet tall, 175 pounds. Paul also shot 48.5 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. The Clippers eventually went on to lose to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Though Pablo Prigioni got the start in China today, fans can probably look forward to Paul getting back on the court again very shortly.

The Clippers open the season against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on October 28.

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