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Doc Rivers on Chris Paul’s injury: It’s going to be an issue for a while

The Los Angeles Clippers played yet another game without Chris Paul against the Houston Rockets Friday night.

Rivers initially said Paul may play, but that changed when he realized that he is just not ready.

Since the injury flared up, Paul has missed three consecutive games. Losing Blake Griffin and Paul have resulted in a five-game losing streak and the Clippers now sit at 4th in the western conference.

Rivers told ESPN that he won’t rush Paul back and he is not sure when he will return.

“It’s going to be an issue for a while. We’re going to take it very slow, and our plan early on was to limit his minutes, and we did that.”

“He may play [Saturday at Oklahoma City]. We’re just going to be very cautious with it. He didn’t reinjure it or anything like that, but he did feel some fatigue, and that’s enough. If it were a playoff game, he would play. But if there’s fatigue, then that means to me more rest, and that’s the route we’re going.”

Sharpshooting guard J.J. Redick sat out with a hamstring injury since Christmas Day but returned Friday to give the team 25 minutes before sitting out for the night.

The guard minutes have been distributed between Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton, and Jamal Crawford, but it hasn’t been enough to stop the bleeding.

Griffin will be out until at least January, and with Paul’s uncertainty, the Clippers are in a rough spot.

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