Chris Paul missed his first game of the season for the Clippers when a hamstring injury kept him out of L.A.'s OT win on Friday night. The Clips' other backcourt starter, J.J. Redick was unable to finish the game after spraining his wrist in the first half.
"I want to play," Paul said. "If I can play, I will. If not, I'll rest it."
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers maintained that the team will remain cautious with Paul and shooting guard J.J. Redick, who sprained his right wrist in the second quarter.
"It's a sprained wrist and the X-rays are negative, so that's good news," Rivers said. "But it did swell up quite a bit and it's his right hand. If it's his left hand, he'd be fine because he doesn't have one, but it's his right hand. And we need him. We need that cannon.
"We'll see. We want to be real safe with him and the same for Chris."
Redick scored 13 points in the first half, helping the Clippers to a 50-45 lead at halftime. But he left the game and did not return with 4:47 left in the second quarter.
"I played the next five or six possessions and then when I took that shot and immediately felt a good amount of pain and asked Doc to take me out," Redick said. "I don't know if it was the shot or just the adrenaline of that fall coming down wearing off, but by the time I got back in the locker room I knew I wasn't going back in the game."
It certainly doesn't sound too promising for either player to be ready to face the Pacers, although Redick's situation seems worse. Obviously, CP3 is far more vital to the Clippers' attack and regardless of whether one or both players miss the game, with Jamal Crawford coming off the bench, the Clips won't have to worry about getting shots up. Crawford stepped up with 31 points off the pine on Friday night, while former Pacer Darren Collison stepped in to start at point guard.
The Pacers caught a break by facing the Wizards without Bradley Beal on Nene Hilario on Friday night and now may catch another injury break as they embark on what could be a signature road trip. At this point in the season, we can only hope Chris Paul is ready to go.
UPDATE: According to this L.A. Times report, Paul remains in limbo but Redick is out while waiting for more tests on his injured wrist.