The Golden State Warriors' struggling season took a turn Friday when veteran player Chris Paul broke his left hand against the Detroit Pistons.
The squad said Paul will have surgery next week. No return date was given.
After a 3-point miss, Paul rushed toward the paint for a rebound in the third quarter and was injured. After his hand hit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey, he headed for the locker room in discomfort.
His absence was reported minutes later by the Warriors, who won 113-109.
According to 38-year-old Paul, this will be his fifth hand operation, but not all on the same hand. The 2016 playoffs break of his right hand with the Los Angeles Clippers was his most renowned.
Paul joined the Warriors in the transaction that sent Bradley Beal to the Suns and Jordan Poole to the Wizards. The Warriors debated Paul's fit because Stephen Curry was a future Hall of Fame point guard, v
but Paul was a good addition for what he is at this point in his career: a high-IQ ball distributor who can still make 3-pointers and pressure defense.
Paul has started 10 of 31 games for the Warriors this season and will leave a big hole in a struggling squad. Even after the win over the 3-32 Pistons, Golden State is 17-18 with Draymond Green indefinitely banned and Gary Payton II out several weeks with a hamstring injury.