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Paul undergoes successful thumb surgery

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers announced guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Tuesday.

Paul, who injured the thumb last month during Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, at which time he is projected to resume all basketball related activities including full contact.

The All-Star averaged 19.8 points and 9.1 assists in 60 games in his first season with the Clippers last year.

Despite the thumb injury, Paul started all eight games and averaged 8.3 points, 5.1 assists and a tournament-high 2.5 steals to help lead Team USA to a gold medal in London.

08/21 16:23:47 ET