After looking strong over the first two games, the Los Angeles Clippersfailed to pick up a win on the road against the Portland Trail Blazersas they head back home with the series tied 2-2 following Monday's 98-84 loss.To make things even worse, it looks like the Clippers may have to adjust to life without Chris Paul-- whofractured a bone in his right hand during the second half of Game 4.

According to Dan Woike, Paul has athird metacarpal fracture on his right hand after the point guard was injured while going for a steal in the second half of Sunday's game. While the status of Paul's return is unknown at the time, even one game in the playoffs without their star point guard would be absolutely devastating for the Clippers and their fan base.

True leader of the Clippers

There's no debate about the type of talent Blake Griffin brings to the table, but when it comes to the true leader of the Clippers -- Paul is clearly the main favorite. When looking back at the regular season, it was Paul who carried this team on his shoulders when considering Griffin was only active for 35 games.

Prior to Monday's Game 4, Paul was averaging over 26 points and eight assists per game in the postseason against the Trail Blazers. When looking at these numbers, it's safe to say Paul is the type of point guard who is irreplaceable and this hand injury is the last thing Los Angeles needs to deal with.

Time for Griffin to step it up

As Doc Rivers and company anxiously await the news of how serious Paul's injury is, it's safe to say the Clippers will need everything they can get from Griffinfor the rest of the series against Portland if they're going to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals.

Throughout his career, Griffin has been considered one of the most dominant power forwards in the league, but he's only played in nine games since returning from his quad injury that kept him out for most of the season. It's understandable that these types of injuriestake time, buttime may be running out fast for Los Angeles with this series now even at 2-2.

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