Chris Paul, the talented guard for the Golden State Warriors, left the court early during their recent game against the Sacramento Kings due to a lower leg injury. The Warriors suffered a narrow 124-123 loss, but the bigger concern was Paul’s health. Let’s dive in to find details.
Warriors Suffer Setback as Chris Paul Departs In-Season Tournament Clash Against Kings with Lower Leg Nerve Injury
The incident occurred toward the end of the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Paul was seen stretching near the scorer’s table before heading back to the locker room during the quarter break. The team later announced that he was dealing with lower left leg soreness and his return was uncertain.
Unfortunately for the Warriors and their fans, Paul was ruled out for the remainder of the game just minutes into the second half. He had contributed three points in five minutes prior to his departure. The team listed him as out for their upcoming game against the Los Angeles Clippers, citing a nerve injury. However, the specifics of the injury and the expected duration of his absence remain unknown.
Before his injury, Paul had been averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 assists per game during his first season with the Warriors. The 38-year-old veteran has an impressive 19-year career in the league.
Despite Paul’s absence in the second quarter, the Warriors managed to build a commanding 72-55 halftime lead. However, the Kings mounted a slow but steady comeback in the second half, limiting the Warriors to just 19 points in the fourth quarter. The Kings’ De’Aaron Fox was instrumental in their victory, leading the team with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk also made significant contributions, scoring 21 points each, with Monk hitting the game-winning shot off the bench.
On the Warriors’ side, Stephen Curry showcased his skills with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Andrew Wiggins had an impressive performance as well, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Remarkably, this marked the fifth time that Curry, Wiggins, and Thompson all scored at least 20 points in the same game.
The game was part of the NBA’s in-season tournament, and the Kings entered with a perfect 3-0 record, leading the West Group C standings. The Warriors had a 2-1 record in pool play and were the only team in the group that had not yet been eliminated from the knockout stage. To advance to the quarterfinals, they needed to win by a margin of 12 or more points. However, the Kings’ victory secured their spot in the knockout stage, where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans.
As the Warriors continue their season without Chris Paul, his absence will undoubtedly be felt. The team will be hoping for a swift recovery for their star guard as they strive to maintain their competitiveness in the highly competitive NBA.