Los Angeles Clippers performed some miracles in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with star point guard Chris Paul providing most of the electrifying moments.
The Clippers came from 3-2 down in the series against the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, with Paul's last second shot in Game 7 allowing LA to claim a famous victory.
But in and amongst the celebrations on that night was the grave reality, with Paul struggling through the game after straining his hamstring.
The star baller sat out most of the first and second quarters but still played 37 minutes, amassed an impressive 27 points and hit the game-winning shot.
Without Paul, the Clippers also managed to take a 1-0 lead in their second round series against the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
But going forward the Clippers will need Paul more than ever, and LA coach Doc Rivers offered up this injury update ahead of his team's Game 2 match with the Rockets on Wednesday night.
While it's unlikely the point guard will play on Wednesday night, the star baller is edging closer to returning.
"I honestly don't know," Rivers explained, according to ESPN.com. "My gut before last night was there would be a good chance [he would play Wednesday] so I'd probably lean that way. He looked good walking today."
In good spirits
Doc Rivers' son Austin Rivers deputised for Chris Paul in Game 1 against the Rockets, and Austin says the morale in the Clippers camp is strong right now.
"We are a team and we all believe in each other," Austin Rivers said. "At halftime, our whole focus was that we were going to win this game.
"We were down four and we didn't play well. We play bad basketball and we were down four, so we knew we had to keep playing as a team. This was one game and it's over with and now we have to go after the next game."
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