Chris Paul has been battling the rigors of surgical rehab. Two months ago, he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. Yesterday, he made his return to the court. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard, who only able to participate in practice on a limited basis leading up to the game, was able to play 22 minutes.
Paul's thumb improved rapidly over the last week and he was cleared for full contact practice just three days ago says Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. He was happy to be back especially with the team playing their exhibition game in China.
"Being here in China, I mean these are some of my most loyal fans and for me to come this far and not to get out there and play in front of them, I just wouldn't have felt right," Paul told Clippers.comPaul scored four points and had six assists in the game. The Clippers were taking on the Miami Heat who have had their own injury concerns. Dwyane Wade is recovering from offseason knee surgery. The Clippers went on to win 99-89.
Paul was a big part of making the Clippers relevant again last season. Paired with Blake Griffin, they formed a team that improved to the point of making the playoffs last season.