Curry likely to start in place of CP3 as he leads voting.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has revealed that he is hoping to return in time for the All-Star Game in New Orleans on February 16.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined since January 3 with a separated right shoulder, with the initial timetable for his return suggesting a comeback after six weeks.
As a result, that would mean his first game back would be the All-Star Game, and while he is making good progress in his rehabilitation he insists that he will be able to make it.
“If I can play, I’m going to play, I love to play that much,” Paul said Wednesday, as reported by ESPN.
“The All-Star Game is in New Orleans and that’s part of me. That’s where I played my very first All-Star Game at. Anytime you have that opportunity, I’m not going to pass that up because it’s not guaranteed to happen next year.”
The All-Star Game starters are set to be announced on Thursday, while the reserves for the game will be announced on January 30, with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry having now overtaken Paul in the voting.
However, while Paul revealed that he is still in the healing process when it comes to his shoulder, if he is unable to play then he will at the very least travel to New Orleans as the city is still close to his heart after he spent his first six seasons in the league with the Hornets.
The Clippers are 7-3 without him, but Paul did provide a timely boost for his team-mates as he joined them on their road trip and will be looking forward to suiting up again soon to help them improve their playoff chances further.
CP3 won the MVP award at last year’s game in Houston and is widely considered as the best point guard in the league.