Point guard Chris Paul will miss his second straight game Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Clippers battle the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, per Clippers' reporter Madelyn Burke. Paul is out with a strained left hamstring, an injury he suffered in Saturday night's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
The timing of the injury isn't ideal (but when would it ever be ideal?), as Paul is coming off his two best games of the season, in wins over the Miami Heat and the Lakers. Paul had 27 points and 11 assists against Miami, and scored 33 in the win over the Lakers, and Paul owned the floor in both games. He has 17 assists and just two turnovers in his last two games, with six steals.
Paul on the season is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists, and 2.8 steals per contest in nine games.
Randy Foye will start in place of Paul, with Chauncey Billups sliding over to point guard. Foye dished out 10 assists for just the sixth time in his career in Monday's win over the New Jersey Nets.
For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.