Chris Paul set to play 82 games in season for first time

Tuesday April 14th, 2015

Clippers point guard Chris Paul will play in all 82 games of a regular season for the first time in his career.

Los Angeles will face the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday night in the season finale for both teams.

Paul is wrapping up his fourth season with the Clippers. The 29-year-old previously spent six seasons with New Orleans. 

"I do feel like it's a big accomplishment," Paul, an eight-time All-star, said Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The most games Paul played in during one regular season prior to this season is 80, in 2007-08 and 2010-11.

Paul also appeared in 78 games during the 2005-06 (rookie) and 2008-09 seasons, respectively.

This season Paul has averaged 19.0 points, 10.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field.

At 55-26, the Clippers are No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

"I think a lot of credit goes to our training staff," Paul said, according to the Times. "It's tough, tough to play a full season with all of the minutes and stuff like that."

On Saturday, Paul was asked if he would elect to sit out the Clippers' final two games. Video of his response is embedded below.

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[via YouTube user Los Angeles Times]

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