Chris Paul will play against Sacramento despite his latest injuries

Chris Paul will play against Sacramento despite his latest injuries
Clippers point guard Chris Paul drives to the basket along the baseline against Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during their game Wednesday. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)

The Clippers said Chris Paul will play Friday night against the Sacramento Kings after he received treatment Thursday on a new set of injuries.

Paul injured his calf and right forearm in the third quarter Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets. He continued to play, but had his forearm wrapped when he met with the media after the game.


During a timeout in the third quarter, Paul could be seen stretching his left leg.

He insisted after the Clippers lost to Denver, 87-81, that he would be fine and ready to play against the Kings.

This season, Paul is averaging 19.5 points per game and 9.5 assists. He also has been dealing with a bruised left thigh after sustaining that injury Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers didn't practice Thursday before they flew to Sacramento.

Rebounding on the road

J.J. Redick knows the Clippers have it in them to grind out victories. He saw them do it on the road last month against the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers.

But Redick also knows the Clippers can play unimpressively against teams with losing records, as in losses at home this month against Denver and Minnesota.

Given the Clippers' high aspirations, those kinds of losses just don't cut it for Redick.

"It is nights like [Wednesday] where the really great teams figure out how to win," Redick said after the Clippers lost to the Nuggets. "We've had some games where we have done that.

"I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Atlanta game, the Indiana game [that the Clippers won]. But [Wednesday night's] game and the Timberwolves game this month, they are frustrating games to lose. We feel like those games, that if we play the right way, we will win."

They will face the Kings in Sacramento on Friday night, and the Clippers know it won't be easy.

The Kings have played them tough this season, though the Clippers won two of the three games. And the Kings (24-32) are still hoping to make the playoffs; they were four games behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot before Thursday's games.

"We just have to have short-term memory and move onto the next game," Wesley Johnson said. "The thing about the NBA is that we have to redeem ourselves in the next game."




When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Where: Sleep Train Arena.

On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220.

Records: Clippers 37-20; Kings 24-32.

Record vs. Kings: 2-1.

Update: The Kings allow 109.1 points per game, the most in the NBA. But they average 107.1 points per game, the third-best offense in the league. Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is fourth in the NBA in scoring (27.2), fifth in rebounding (11.2) and fourth in double-doubles (33), and he's making a career-best 36.5% of his three-point attempts.

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