Chris Paul was direct and to the point when asked how much of a concern his right hamstring was for him.
“None,” he said Monday at the Clippers’ shoot-around in preparation for Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Paul was seen grabbing his hamstring late in the second quarter of Saturday’s game after he chased down Warriors guard Stephen Curry and knocked the ball out of bounds.
Paul came out of the game with 36.2 seconds left in the second quarter, then went right back in after the Warriors turned the ball over.
But while sitting on the bench getting a rest during Game 1, Paul had his right hamstring wrapped up.
Paul said he has been getting treatment on the hamstring, and insisted that nothing was going to keep him out of Monday's game.
“I got as much as you possibly could,” Paul said. “We’ve got, to me, the best training staff in the league. I’ll be ready for tonight.”
Paul missed 18 games this season with a separated right shoulder and still wears a pad for protection.
A player who never wants to sit through injuries, Paul said he “couldn’t fight” through the shoulder injury.
But as far as the hamstring is concerned, he quickly said, “I’m OK,” to no one’s surprise.