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Chris Paul: (Thumb) Cleared For Full Contact

Update: Paul (thumb) participated in a full-contact practice Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Recommendation: It was the first contact practice for Paul, who had been limited to workouts and drills before the team's trip to China. Paul, who had surgery Aug. 21 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, probably won't play in the Chinese exhibitions against the Heat on Thursday and Sunday, but it seems clear that he'll be fully healthy when the regular season opens.

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