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Chris Paul has a fractured hand, will undergo surgery


Chris Paul standing with his hands on his hips. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The frustrating and somewhat cursed season for the Golden State Warriors continues. While some late Steph Curry brilliance helped the team narrowly avoid what was almost a truly inexcusable loss to the lowly Detroit Pistons, there was plenty of bad news that followed the final buzzer. Shortly after the game ended, the Warriors announced that point guard Chris Paul had sustained a fractured hand, and will undergo surgery next week.


Paul had been, in my estimation, the clear-cut second-best player on the Warriors this year. He was averaging 9.0 points, 7.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and just 1.2 turnovers per game entering Friday’s contest, and the bulk of the Dubs best lineups had featured him on the floor. By the respected advanced metric EPM, Paul graded out as the second-best player on the Warriors behind only Curry, with 78th percentile offense and 86th percentile defense.

With Golden State’s bench being arguably the strength of the team this year, Paul’s blow is nothing short of brutal.

The Dubs didn’t provide a timetable for CP3’s return, but it certainly won’t be anytime soon, if at all this year. In addition to being a rough break for the team, it’s a tough situation for Paul, who has a team option for $30 million next season. With how well he had played, it wasn’t entirely out of the question for Golden State to pull a surprise and pick up the option. They do have his Bird rights though, so the team can still re-sign him if they want to keep the good bench unit in tact.

In Paul’s absence, coach Steve Kerr said that Moses Moody — who had fallen out of the rotation — will start to pick up minutes again. So at least there’s that silver lining.

Heal up, CP3!

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