Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Paul exits Hornets’ game with thumb injury

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets guard
Chris Paul was forced out of Friday’s 90-80 win against Portland due to a
torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury that could sideline the rookie
sensation for a few weeks.

Paul hurt himself in the opening minute of the second half with the Hornets
leading 53-41. He had eight points and three assists in 17 minutes before
exiting.

The third overall pick in the 2005 draft, Paul has emerged as the leading
candidate for Rookie of the Year honors through the early going. The former
Wake Forest All-American entered Friday’s contest ranked second in the league
with an average of 2.3 steals per game, while his 16.3 points and 7.4 assists
through 32 games currently tops all first-year players.

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