Warriors guard Chris Paul is going to be sidelined with a fractured hand. He'll undergo surgery and presently has no return timetable. Photo Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports Jan 4, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

While the Golden State Warriors shook off Thursday’s tough loss against the Denver Nuggets by beating the Detroit Pistons on Friday, it was still a day that brought challenging news to the team.

Chris Paul, who started Friday’s game and played 24 minutes, fractured his left hand.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Twitter/X shortly after Golden State’s win over Detroit that “Paul has a fractured left hand and will undergo surgery.”

Anthony Slater of The Athletic quoted coach Steve Kerr, who after Friday’s game said that Brandin Podziemski and Cory Joseph would likely get extra minutes in Paul’s absence. He also said that Moses Moody will likely return to the rotation with Paul sidelined.

Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, meanwhile, noted that there’s “no return timeframe” for Paul’s injury.

When (or if) Paul will return to the Warriors will likely become clearer after his surgery.

Paul, who will be 39 in May, has had a much different role in his first season with Golden State than he’s had for any other team throughout his career. Until this season, Paul was used exclusively as a starter. But including Friday’s game, he’s started only 11 of the 32 games he’s played for the Warriors this year.

On the season, Paul has averaged 8.9 points, 7.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.13 steals per game.

[Shams Charania on Twitter/X, Anthony Slater on Twitter/X Monte Poole on Twitter/X]

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