Hours after Stephen Curry was officially diagnosed with a sprained MCL, the Clippers’ Chris Paul left the game and has reportedly been diagnosed with a broken hand. As you can see, he bent it while guarding the Blazers’ Gerald Henderson.
Recovery from this particular fracture typically takes a month-and-a-half, so the Clippers’ absolute best-case scenario if this report is correct is that Paul will be available late in the NBA Finals, should they make it there with Austin Rivers. Making matters worse, Blake Griffin has been a bit hobbled since he left the game briefly with an apparent minor reaggravation of his quad injury.
These playoffs were already bad and dull before Curry and Paul’s injuries, so someone please protect Russell Westbrook.
Update (2:09 a.m.): Clippers confirm that it’s broken.