Paul out for season with finger injury

Chris Paul will miss the remainder of the season because of a

ligament tear in the middle finger of his right hand.

Paul played through the injury for several games, but appeared

to aggravate it further while guarding Morris Peterson during a

1-on-1 drill after Tuesday’s regular practice had ended.

The Hornets announced shortly before tip-off against the

Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night that Paul would be out for the

club’s final four games.

“It has been a very difficult season for me in terms of

injuries,” Paul said. “I hate not being out on the court helping

my team, but the best thing for me to do is to get completely

healthy. I am hopeful to be back playing basketball by June.”

Team officials say no surgery is required and that Paul could

return to basketball activities in about seven weeks.

Paul has played in 45 games this season, averaging 18.7 points,

10.7 assists and 2.1 steals.

By season’s end, he will have missed 37 games from three

different injuries, including a sprained left ankle in November and

a torn meniscus in his left knee in late January that required

surgery.