The NBA world was stunned today by the news that Chris Paul could miss the rest of the NBA Playoffs after fracturing a bone in his right hand.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be without their All-Star point guard for the rest of the series against the Portland Trail Blazers at the very least, and probably for the conference semi-finals as well if they get that far.
After accidentally catching his hand on the jersey of Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in the second half, fracturing the third metacarpal, it could be until October before we see Paul again.
Naturally, no one is really expecting the Clippers to be able to overcome Damian Lillard, C.J McCollum and the Blazers without CP3 and Jamal Crawford has spoken about it.
"Obviously, people are going to write us off," Clippers guard Jamal Crawford told reporters after the 98-84 loss.
However, there's going to be no licking their wounds in the Clippers locker room, as Crawford confirmed the Los Angeles outfit are going to keep on fighting and scrapping every single night to try and make it through to the conference semis.
"What are you going to do, you going to fight or run? For us, we're going back home, and we're ready to take care of business."
It's not just CP3 who is injured for the Clippers, as Blake Griffin also departed the game after suffering a left quad injury.
"It's tough," Griffin said. "It's not easy dealing with injuries, especially this time of year."
Thankfully, Griffin isn't out for any real period of time and is being described as 50-50 for game five later this week. The Clippers will need him if they want to compete.