Chris Paul might play Tuesday against Dallas ... or not. The Clippers guard might see heavy minutes or limited minutes. It all depends on his sore knee and Coach Vinny Del Negro.
With a tough four-games-in-five days trip ahead and the home stretch closing in, Del Negro isn't taking any chances with this star point guard.

"I think he will be able to play, but I don't know if he will play and have a setback or how effective will he be," Del Negro said after Monday's practice. "I know he's pretty sore today. If he doesn't play tomorrow night, hopefully he will be ready for New Orleans. I don't want him to play half-speed out there and have a setback. I feel he will be out there, but I don't know how sore he will be."
As a precaution, Del Negro held Paul out of practice Monday, giving him additional rest after a day off Sunday.
Paul bumped the outside of his left knee while chasing a Net around a screen during Saturday's victory against Brooklyn and fell to the court in pain. He returned and finished with 29 points, three rebounds and 11 assists.
Del Negro's concern is understandable. Paul suffered a bruised knee in January that kept him out of nine games and the Clippers can not afford to lose their floor leader with 12 games left in the season.
"It should be all right," Paul said. "There's a little bit (swelling)."
Still, Del Negro called Paul and Chauncey Billups (groin) game-time decisions.