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Paul faces knee-op and lengthy lay-off

Team USA playmaker Chris Paul was facing the very real prospect of undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and being sidelined for up to two months on Monday.

Paul reportedly suffered torn cartilage in his left knee during a 108-106 overtime home loss against the Chicago Bulls last Friday.

The injury occurred when the 24-year-old point guard chased after an errant outlet pass late in the game and collided into a cameraman on the baseline.

Afterwards, Paul told reporters he first twisted the knee in the Hornets’ 123-110 away win over the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday and that he suffered a knock on the same part of the knee against the Bulls.

This will be his second stint on the injured list. He missed eight games in late November and early December because of a left ankle sprain. The Hornets are trying to be optimistic and estimate he will be out for just a month.

Paul was averaging 20.4 points and an NBA best 11.2 assists in 38 contests and had been named as one of seven Western Conference reserves for the 59th NBA All-Star Game in Dallas on 14th February.

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