The first exhibition game of the Clippers' two-game appearance in China on Sunday did not include guards Chris Paul and Austin Rivers. Both were sidelined because of injuries suffered during practices.
Paul fractured his left index finger during a scrimmage Saturday. He is not expected to miss extended time. Rivers got hit by an elbow in the mouth in practice Friday and had several teeth knocked out. He is listed day to day.
At a sold-out arena in Shenzhen, the Clippers were beaten by the Charlotte Hornets, 106-94.
The game started at 10:30 p.m. PDT and was shown on NBA TV. The two teams also play Wednesday in Shanghai as part of a weeklong trip.
Jeremy Lin, the...