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Hours After Career Reassuring Update, Chris Paul Faces Major Setback with the Warriors

Published 11/29/2023, 9:07 PM EST

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In a move reminiscent of a blockbuster, the Golden State Warriors orchestrated a trade involving one of their emerging stars and acquired a long-time enemy on the court—Chris Paul. The decision came in response to the voices of their dynasty-forging stars who emphasized the need for a seasoned veteran on the roster. Consequently, Paul was brought in to lead the second unit.

So far, Chris Paul’s strategic mindset and impressive basketball IQ have seamlessly integrated into the Golden State environment. However, just as the Warriors looked to him to navigate them out of a slump, it appears they’ve encountered a formidable obstacle.

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Chris Paul’s seamless integration into the roster and rotation has delighted the Golden State Warriors. As a result, the franchise, just recently, initiated the motion of retaining the seasoned vet for the future, if the price is right. With that, Shams Charania, a respected NBA insider, casts a shadow over the Warriors’ newfound optimism around Paul. Charania reports that CP3 is grappling with a nerve injury in his lower left leg at the moment. Furthermore, it will force him to sit out their Wednesday’s game.

In the 18 games he has played this season, Paul, despite some off nights, is averaging 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists. His shooting stands at 39.9% from the field and 32.8% from 3-point range.

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Paul’s commitment makes sense for the Warriors

Beyond his shooting struggles, the Warriors’ decision to retain Paul makes perfect sense. The veteran guard has been delivering solid performances, despite a new squad. In addition to directing the offense, he has proven to be a valuable asset on the defensive end. Despite his age, it’s evident that he hasn’t lost his ability to dismantle opposing defenses.

Interestingly, Chris Paul recently made headlines alongside Russell Westbrook as a respected NBA figure willingly taking on a smaller role. He agreed to come off the bench for Golden State, breaking his streak of 1,365 consecutive starts in the league. This move by Paul set the tone for the Warriors, showcasing Paul’s commitment to winning a championship.

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Furthermore, once Paul’s shooting slump dissipates, it is certain that the veteran’s performance will improve, unveiling his true potential with the Warriors. Even though quite early with the Warriors, Paul is making significant contributions to their contending run, and fortunately, the Warriors see his services as valuable for years to come.

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