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Sunday, Sep. 30, 2012

Clippers' Paul optimistic after surgery


LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul will be ready to play by the Los Angeles Clippers' season opener on Oct. 31, barely two months after the All-Star guard had right thumb surgery.

He said Friday at the team's media day that he's doing therapy daily and focusing on restoring the mobility in his wrist.

"I shot a jump shot the other day and it felt like it was good and it was an air ball," Paul said. "It's all going to come back. When I'm at home I'm doing exercises to get ready. I just know I'll be ready for the first game. I would definitely love to play in an exhibition game, but we'll see how it goes."

The Clippers play their first preseason game on Oct. 6 against Denver in Las Vegas. They leave six days later for a trip to China, where they'll play two games against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

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