Chris Paul out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

Authentic Youth Curt Schilling Jersey The good news for the Clippers is Blake Griffin (knee) is nearing a return to the court. The bad news is the red-hot club will be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for 6-8 weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb on Monday.

On some level, that’s okay. He’s still a freshman who has 15 games played in his college career 鈥?he’s averaging 10.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29.5 minutes 鈥?and still learning. His frame is tremendous, he kills the glass, and has still has the tools mentioned above. But it’s not exactly what you’re looking for in an NBA player right now, either. He looks more like a two-year player than a potential lottery pick.
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Evans has turned into one of the most productive point guards in the country under new coach Brad Underwood, who has unleashed him in an offense predicated on tempo and the pick-and-roll. The Cowboys are playing at the second-highest pace of any power conference team in the country, and a whopping 64 percent of Evans’ halfcourt possessions (including passes) come as the playmaker in the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy.

There might not be a better pick-and-roll guard in America. Evans’ per-40-minute numbers are absurd thus far, as the 6-1 guard is averaging nearly 28.4 points, 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 steals. He is also scoring at nearly a 1 point-per-possession clip in situations where he tries to score in the pick-and-roll, third among high-major point guards.