Thursday May 7th, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will not play in Game 2 on Wednesday night due to his injured hamstring, Clippers coach Doc Rivers announced

Paul strained his hamstring during Saturday's first round Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. He did not play in the Clippers' 117-101 Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday. 

In Paul's absence, Austin Rivers started at point guard for Los Angeles and scored 17 points in 28 minutes.

Paul missed a substantial portion of the first half of the team's Game 7 win over the Spurs but still played 37 minutes, scoring 27 points and connecting on the game-winning shot with one second remaining. 

• BAUMGAERTNER: Austin Rivers critical to Clippers' success

Paul averaged 19.2 points and 10.1 assists this season. He has averaged 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds in seven postseason games this year. 

The Clippers play Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Rockets on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

- Stanley Kay


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