Paul reportedly out 1-2 weeks
NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Paul had to be helped off the court by teammates after apparently spraining his left ankle late in the third quarter of the Hornets' 86-78 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Paul left the arena on crutches, saying he would not play Saturday night in Atlanta and beyond that could not be sure about how serious the injury was.
"I hate to watch and I hate to know that I'm going to miss a game," said Paul, who said he expected about 75 friends and relatives to attend the Atlanta game. "They just took X-rays. I don't know anything."
New Orleans coach-general manager Jeff Bower said Saturday night the Hornets have no update on point guard Chris Paul's left ankle injury.
According to media reports, Paul could miss time beyond Saturday.
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported that according to a team source, Paul could miss as much as two weeks. And Yahoo! Sports, citing NBA sources, reported that Paul is expected to miss one to two weeks.
Moments after setting up Hilton Armstrong's dunk, Paul appeared to land on Joel Przybilla's foot, before falling hard to the court and writhing in pain. It was the same ankle the New Orleans' star point guard twisted earlier in the week during a victory in Los Angeles over the Clippers.
Paul had been struggling throughout the game, going 1-of-8 from the field in the Hornets' first game since the firing of coach Byron Scott. Paul had three points, eight assists and five rebounds when he left the game and the Hornets were trailing 62-52 at the time.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report