Warriors To Be Without 12-Time All-Star for 4-to-6 Weeks

Just as the news dropped that Draymond Green has been reinstated from his indefinite suspension, the Golden State Warriors have received word that they'll now be without point guard Chris Paul for four-to-six weeks.

Paul is out with a fractured hand, and has undergone surgery. The injury came on Saturday, when he made contact with Detroit's Jaden Ivey while trying to corral a long rebound. 

“That’s tough, I feel so bad for Chris, I know he’s had a couple of hand surgeries before I believe, maybe on the other hand,” coach Steve Kerr said. ”I saw him holding it and instantly was worried."

Kerr didn't even realize what an understatement he had made: CP3 has now had FIVE surgeries on his left hand, and SIX on his right hand. Wow.

A tough break for the Dubs, who simply can't get themselves whole this season. They're currently sitting at 17-18 going into Sunday night's game against the Toronto Raptors, and they're just a half-game up on the LA Lakers for the final Play-In spot. 

Rookie guard Brandin Podziemski is expected to play a bigger role in the Warriors' rotation during Paul's absence. The 38-year-old veteran was averaging 8.9 points and 7.2 assists in 27.6 minutes per game this season. He came to the Warriors in a trade for Jordan Poole. 

Paul, in 19 NBA seasons, has averaged 17.7 points and 9.4 assists, and is recognized as one of the greatest point guards of the 2000s. 

While the Dubs will be without Paul, at least Green will be back from his suspension very shortly. 

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