Chris Paul looked awfully emotional when he left Monday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, kicking a chair as he left the court and yelling as he made his way back to the locker room. At first, it seemed the outburst might have been a bit premature. Now, though, we might know why the All-Star point guard blew his top in a manner similar to his exit from Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference playoffs last April; maybe he had a feeling that, as was the case then, he was going to be on the shelf for a while.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that Paul needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, a procedure that will leave Doc Rivers’ club without its primary playmaker for the next six to eight weeks, according to Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com:
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Paul, who will undergo surgery Wednesday, left Monday’s game against the Thunder with a sprained left thumb and didn’t return. Initial