Point guard Chris Paul and sixth-man Jamal Crawford are hurting a little, but they will play Thursday night when the Clippers play at Golden State in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series, which is tied 1-1.
Coach Doc Rivers discussed Paul and his sore right hamstring and Crawford and his strained left calf at Thursday’s shootaround.
“I think he’s OK,” Rivers said of Paul, who hurt the hamstring in Game 1, “but I’m just going to watch him. His is pretty obvious. You can tell right away if he’s struggling moving, so that’s not a hard one to read. I think Jamal is the more difficult one. Chris, the only good thing about that injury is, you know when it’s bothering him.”
Paul did very little at practice the previous two days.
“I didn’t do too much, but I’ll be ready,” Paul said.
Crawford, who missed significant time down the stretch of the regular season because of the calf, was asked if he would be playing were this not playoff time.
“It is,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can think about. It is the playoffs.”
Crawford reportedly tweaked the calf in Game 2.
“No question about it, I’ll be out there,” he said.