New Orleans point guard Chris Paul went down last night with an injury against Portland. He sustained the injury late in the third quarter when he "stepped wrong," according to Paul. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the young guard suffered only a mild strain of his right groin. As of now he's listed at day-to-day, but it's likely he'll miss a few games. Paul wants to return as soon as possible, but coach Byron Scott is willing to wait a few games. He knows that if Paul were to rush back and seriously injure himself, New Orleans would be doomed. It's safe to say a few losses this week would be much easier to deal with than the loss of Paul for the rest of the season.
It's obvious, after last night, the Hornets NEED Paul in the lineup. When Paul left with 1:30 to go in the 3rd quarter, the Hornets held a comfortable 17-point lead. In the blink of an eye, the lead became a disappearing act and the Hornets fell to the Blazers by 9.
There's a reason CP3 was neck-and-neck with Kobe for MVP last season. If there was any doubt about it, there isn't any now.
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