Paul injury doesn't appear serious; he could return soon

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

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There appears to be excellent news from Hornets practice this afternoon: Chris Paul's groin injury has been deemed to be a mild strain and does not appear to be serious. Paul spoke to reporters at the Alario Center and said it's possible that he may even return to action for Wednesday's game vs. Chicago. Paul is listed

"I hope I'm ready by tomorrow," Paul said of appearing in the Bulls home game, though he also said it might take a "miracle" to do so.

Paul said he has not considered whether the injury could potentially affect his decision to play in the Feb. 15 All-Star Game.

"I'm not thinking about that at all," Paul said. "All-Star has nothing to do with it. It's about getting back as soon as I can to help this team."

Upon seeing a group of about 15 reporters at the Alario Center, probably the largest group of media members of the season, a surprised Hornets coach Byron Scott jokingly asked: "Do the playoffs start tomorrow?"

Of course, the majority of the reporters were there primarily to learn Paul's injury status.

"It's not as bad as it could (have been)," Scott said of Paul's groin injury. "Hopefully he's a fast healer."

POWER RANKINGS
A brief look at where the Hornets are listed in national NBA power rankings this week:
NBA.com (8th, up 1 spot): "In the two games since he was named an All-Star reserve, David West shot 13-for-37 (35.1 percent). Not coincidentally, the Hornets lost both games. Chris Paul's 38 points weren't enough to pick up the slack Saturday in San Antonio because the Hornets couldn't stop the Spurs."

ESPN.com (9th, down 1 spot): "West is back from a back injury and back with the West All-Stars, but the Hornets really couldn't enjoy the moment. Not when they just became the first team with a winning record to lose at home to Golden State."