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Chris Paul Has Torn Thumb Ligament, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks After Surgery

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul received bad news Tuesday on his injured left thumb.

Paul tore a ligament in the finger and will need surgery. He'll be out 6-8 weeks, the Clippers announced tonight.

Paul suffered the injury in Monday's 120-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 12-year vet jammed his thumb on Russell Westbrook's leg in the second quarter and missed the entire second half.

This season, Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for the 29-14 Clippers. He missed seven games earlier this year with a strained left hamstring.

Paul also fractured his right hand in Game 4 of last year's first round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. That injury ended up costing the Clippers a shot at advancing as the team fell 4-2.

Los Angeles is also currently without star forward Blake Griffin, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in December.