Chris Paul NBA Playoffs Injury History

Chris Paul injury history

36-year-old point guard Chris Paul is certainly up there in terms of age, which means his body is more susceptible to injury at this point. However, most of Paul’s injuries during his prime occurred when his teams needed him most: during the NBA Playoffs. The same could be said again right now. Paul is reportedly going to miss at least part of the Western Conference Finals after landing on the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

That being said, let’s take a closer look at CP3’s unfortunate runs with injuries and how they affected the teams he played for. Read on for our rundown of Chris Paul’s injury history during the NBA Playoffs. And for even more NBA postseason coverage and the latest happenings from across the entire sporting world, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

2015 LA Clippers (hamstring)

The 2014-15 LA Clippers will forever be remembered for the peak of Lob City fever, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin winning over some neighboring Lakers fans with their highlight reel-filled performances.

Paul played all 82 games for the first time in his career this season, but his shaky health status reared its ugly head at a bad time. The six-foot wonder aggravated his hamstring in Game 7 of the first round against the Spurs, forcing him to sit out the first two games of the next series against the Rockets. Houston would go on to win that second-round series with the Clippers blowing a 3-1 series lead.

2016 LA Clippers (fractured hand)

In the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Paul’s injury came much earlier than the previous year, as he broke his hand in Game 4 of LA’s first-round series against the Blazers. Blake Griffin also went down in that miserable game for Clippers nation, as Portland would go on to eliminate CP3 and Co. in six games.

 

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2018 Houston Rockets (hamstring)

Arguably the worst timing amongst Paul’s laundry list of time on the injury list came during his first season in Houston with the Rockets in the thick of a hotly-contested Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors’ mighty dynasty.

Paul pulled his hammy again in Game 5 and with the Rockets still prevailing with a win that game to take full control of the series with a 3-2 lead. Alas, without CP3, Houston would lose the next two games, whereas the Warriors would go on to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the third time in four years. 

2021 Phoenix Suns (COVID-19)

This brings us to the present day, with Paul having just been placed on the shelf after he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus shortly after the Suns’ sweep of the Denver Nuggets in the second round.

Luckily for Suns, there’s still some time for their star point guard to get cleared by the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. If the Clippers-Jazz series goes the full seven-game distance, that’ll give CP3 about a week of downtime before they square off against the eventual winner of the series in the Western Conference Finals.

The upcoming WCF is just the second-career trip that deep into the postseason for Paul since his aforementioned ill-fated run with the Rockets in 2018. It’s worth noting that all three previous teams wherein Paul was on the sidelines during the series resulted in those three teams all losing their respective series.

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