When Chris Paul felt some discomfort in his right groin during Monday night's game against the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers' All-Star guard admitted he was nervous.
The injury didn't stop Paul from playing the rest of the game against the Suns and it didn't keep him out of the lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
But it wasn't until he got treatment during the Monday night game that Paul felt things would be fine.
"It scared me a little bit the other night," Paul said. "We've got an unbelievable training staff. They got me through."
Paul continued to get treatment Tuesday and Wednesday, then offered words of encouragement when he was asked about Kobe Bryant being out for the rest of the season because of a left knee fracture.
"It definitely has not been the same without Kobe because of what he means not only to the Lakers franchise, but what he means to this league," Paul said. "Me living here in L.A., [I'm] used to watching the games at night, watching Kobe and seeing what he was going to do on that given night. Him being a friend of mine, I hate to see that. But the one thing I know about him is that he's already getting ready for next season."
Jared Dudley, who missed the last three games recovering from back spasms, suited up against the Warriors at Staples Center.
The small forward worked out at the Clippers' shoot-around Wednesday morning and felt good enough to play.
"I could have gone on Monday," Dudley said. "It was like 85%. There's no pain and no restrictions."
Matt Barnes is the starting small forward and Danny Granger has become the backup to Barnes during Dudley's absence.
Before his injury, Dudley averaged 7.3 points on 35.4% shooting, 35.4% on three-pointers. He was playing 25.1 minutes per game, but that might decrease with Barnes playing so well and with the 6-9 Granger improving his play.
"For me coming in, I don't do anything I wouldn't ordinary do," Dudley said. "Play your role. If I'm open and there's a three-point shot, I'm going to shoot the ball."
Crawford, Redick still out
Jamal Crawford didn't play because of a strained left calf and remains day to day. Crawford has missed five of the last six games because of his injury.
"I don't think we really know when Jamal is coming back," Coach Doc Rivers said. "I think we have to be very careful. That's not an easy injury. So I think when he's 100%, he'll be back."
J.J. Redick didn't play because of a bulging disk in his back and remains out indefinitely. He has missed the last 16 games.
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