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Clippers, Chris Paul wait on MRI exam results for hamstring

January 15, 2012 |  2:08 pm

Chris-paul_350Clippers point guard Chris Paul got an MRI exam on his strained left hamstring Sunday morning, but the team was still waiting on the results before making a decision on when he might play again.

Paul was hurt late in the fourth quarter during the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

“Obviously Chris is a big part of what we do,” Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. “But we had to deal with it and other guys have got to get ready to play.”

Del Negro said they have other players injured as well.

Backup guard Mo Williams missed Saturday’s game with a sore right foot and remains day to day.

“I think he felt a little bit better today,” Del Negro said. “He’ll be re-evaluated every day. Obviously we need him more than ever.”

That’s because Del Negro said Chauncey Billups’ back is “a little bit tight.”

Billups is expected to play Monday against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center.

If Paul and Williams can’t play, Billups will be the starting point guard and Randy Foye will start at shooting guard.

“We’ve got some nagging things that we’ve got going on,” Del Negro said. “We’ve just got to work through it.”

Paul departed the Lakers game after he made a 12-foot, pull-up jumper for a 95-82 lead with 4:01 left.

“I thought it was a cramp, but he let me know it wasn’t,” Paul said about Clippers trainer Jasen Powell after Saturday night’s game. “It was something. I’ve never had it.”

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Photo: Clippers point guard Chris Paul is treated for his hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the game against the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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