clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Chris Paul Suffers Sprained Thumb In Olympic Training

An injury to Chris Paul's thumb could potentially shake up the backcourt rotation of Team USA.

Saturday the team announced that Paul has a sprained right thumb, an injury that was revealed through an X-ray Paul received after Friday's practice.

While Paul did participate in some non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, he did not scrimmage and sported a protective splint over the thumb.

Paul is expected to miss the next few days of training, but did tell reporters that it's more about the swelling suffered from the injury. Once that subsides, he expects to be back on the court.

Already weakened by injuries to Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and others, Team USA's 12-man roster, announced Saturday, could be considered thin by some. If Paul's injury lingers, and he misses any competition, expect Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams to split nearly all minutes at point guard.

Follow all of SB Nation's Olympic coverage at our London 2012 Olympics hub page. For more on Team USA as it gears up for the London Olympics, be sure to stay tuned to this StoryStream.