MRI on CP3 confirms ankle sprain, out indefinitely

Monday, November 16, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

An MRI performed on Hornets guard Chris Paul confirmed a left ankle sprain. He is out indefinitely. Paul will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and his status will be updated as necessary.

“We don’t know the answer,” Hornets GM/coach Jeff Bower said after Monday’s team practice of the timetable for Paul’s return. “Chris will be very active with his rehab, but we don’t know how fast he’ll heal. So instead of throwing out dates or numbers, like you’ve seen already (in some internet and published reports), we’re going to evaluate it on an ongoing basis every week and see where he’s at.

“He’s going to be limited for awhile. We hope for his return as quick as possible. (But) he’ll be out for awhile.”

Paul suffered the injury with 40 seconds left in the third quarter of Friday’s game against Portland when he came down on Joel Przybilla’s ankle.

In 10 games this season, Paul is averaging 23.8 points (10th in the NBA) on 59 percent shooting (6th in the NBA), 9.2 assists (3rd in the NBA) and 1.7 steals (15th in the NBA) in 34 minutes of play. In addition, he leads the NBA in three point percentage (.655).