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Clippers' Chris Paul misses game against Kings with injured hamstring

Clippers point guard Chris Paul didn’t play against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night because of a strained right hamstring.

Coach Doc Rivers said he told head athletic trainer Jasen Powell the team wanted to be “way more conservative than aggressive” with Paul’s injury.

The Clippers play the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, but Paul might miss that game too.

The Clippers start an 11-day trip with a game in Atlanta on Wednesday. Rivers is hoping that Paul will be healthy for the road games.

“We have a bunch of games coming up,” Rivers said. “And it’s just smarter to rest him.”

Paul tested his hamstring by running before the game in front of Powell, but it was apparent he couldn’t go.

Rivers was asked if Paul, who hates to miss games, fought his coach about sitting out.

“I think Chris knows it’s the right thing to do,” Rivers said.

Darren Collison started in place of Paul and Jamal Crawford was expected to back up Collison.


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