Chris Paul has been hesitant while returning from offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Paul has played two preseason games for the Clippers.

"The other night, there were times that I knew that I could steal the ball, but I don't want to risk it," Paul said. "Even though the doctor says I'm good, the hardest part is getting it through your head."

Paul wears a brace on his thumb in practice and in games. The brace has affected his shot and dribbling.

"It ain't the easiest thing," Paul said. "But I'm learning to try to deal with it."